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Photo by BKKBen
Sri Phang Nga NP, Thailand, July, 2016
Alophoixus ochraceus


19–22 cm (7½-8¾ in)
Stocky with shaggy crest. Upperparts greyish brown with olive wash on mantle and rufescent wash on rump and uppertail coverts; sides of head (including ear coverts) greyish brown; chin and throat white; underparts dusky grey with greyish tinge on flanks; undertail coverts rufescent buff.
Juvenile: Uppertail coverts, wing coverts and secondaries rusty rufescent, very distinct from mantle.


South East Asia: found from central Myanmar through the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra.


Formerly included Penan Bulbul.


There are subspecies[1]:

  • A. o. hallae:
  • A. o. cambodianus:
  • A. o. ochraceus:
  • South Myanmar to south-western Thailand
  • A. o. sordidus:
  • A. o. sacculatus:
  • Highlands of southern Malaya (northern Perak to Negri Sembilan and Pahang)
  • A. o. sumatranus:


Broadleafed evergreen forests and forest edges.


Associates in loose parties of five or six individuals,feeding in fruiting trees and scrubs, often displacing other smaller bulbuls.
Often puffs out throat when calling.


Their main diet consists of fruits, especially figs, and berries. They also take insects.


The nest is a suspended deep cup.


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  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)

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