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Ashy Bulbul - BirdForum Opus

Species Hemixos flavala
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Sat Tal, 5500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, 15 November 2019
Hemixos flavala


Short dark crest lightly mottled ashy in most races. Dusky lores and malar and white throat contrasting with pale greyish-brown breast diagnostic. Belly and undertail coverts white. Upperparts brownish-grey. Wings with a yellowish patch.

Similar species

Mantle and auriculars much duller than in the related Chestnut Bulbul. Cinereous Bulbul, at least in the main subspecies, lacks yellow wing panel.


Asia: Found from the East Himalayas east to southern China and south to south-eastern Vietnam and western Thailand.


Five subspecies are recognized[1].

Cinereous Bulbul (Hemixos cinereus) was recently split from this species.


Forests and forests edges. Mainly in highlands.


Frequents the canopy and middle storeys. Gregarious, gathering in parties of up to six or more. Congregates in fruiting trees with other bulbuls. Noisy and conspicous, raising crest when vocalising. Also puffs out throat feathers like bulbuls of the genus Criniger.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Arthur Grosset's Birds

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