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Photo by Chrisli
Arong Nature Reserve, Malaysia, October 2016
Tricholestes criniger


16–17 cm (6¼-6¾ in)

  • Olive upperparts
  • Strong rictal bristles
  • Yellowish underparts
  • Rounded tail


Endemic to Southeast Asia: found in Indochina, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • T. c. criniger:
  • T. c. sericeus:
  • Western Sumatra, Batu Islands, Lingga Archipelago and Musala Island
  • T. c. viridis:
  • Borneo and North Natuna Islands


Broadleaved evergreen forest up to 915m and forest edges



Omninorous; their diet consisting of fruit, caterpillars, beetles, etc.


There is little information available; their breeding season runs from February to August.


Call: their call includes a whistle. They are generally quieter than other bulbuls.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)
  4. BF Member observations

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