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Cinereous Bulbul - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by 996sps
Bukit Tinggi, Pahang, Malaysia, 25 February 2007
Hemixos cinereus


Short dark crest lightly mottled ashy. Blackish lores and malar and white throat contrasting with pale greyish-brown breast. Belly and undertail coverts whitish (the latter yellow in subspecies connectens from Borneo). Upperparts brownish-grey. Subspecies connectens have wings with a yellowish-green patch, but this lacking in race cinereous.

Similar species

More evenly brown than in the related Ashy Bulbul.


Asia: Found from southern Thailand, Malay Peninsula, Borneo and Sumatra.


Two subspecies are recognized[1].

  • H. c. cinereus - Thai-Malay Peninsula (north to southern Surat Thani) and Sumatra
  • H. c. connectens - Highlands of northern Borneo

Recently split from Ashy Bulbul


May utilize lowland but is more common in montane evergreen areas, both primary and second-growth.


Feeds on fruit, berries, seeds and insects.


Whistles that vary from sharp through ringing and whining sounds.


  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. del Hoyo, J., L. Fishpool, N. Collar, J. Tobias, and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Cinereous Bulbul (Hemixos cinereus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, B. K. Keeney, P. G. Rodewald, and T. S. Schulenberg, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.cinbul1.01

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