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Subspecies vividus. Photo by martinuk
Kaeng Krachan National Park, Phetchaburi Province, Thailand, February 2012
Pycnonotus flavescens

Includes: Pale-faced Bulbul



Asia: found in Assam, Burma, China, Thailand, Indochina, Borneo


Subspecies leucops may be split as "Pale-faced Bulbul" (Pycnonotus leucops) leaving flavescens, sordidus and vividus as "Flavescent Bulbul" (strict sense)


Subspecies leucops, Pale-faced Bulbul
Photo by Dave 2x
Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, February 2013

Taxa we include here which Clements recognises [1]:

  • P. f. flavescens: Hills of southern Assam (south of the Brahmaputra) to western Burma
  • P. f. vividus: North-eastern Burma to south-western China (Yunnan), Thailand and northern Indochina
  • P. f. sordidus: Southern Indochina
  • P. f. leucops: "Pale-faced Bulbul". Northern Borneo (Mt. Kinabalu to Mt. Mulu and Mt. Murud


Evergreen montane forest and forest edges. Observed at heights around 3300 meters.



  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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