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Photo by jweeyh
Singapore, 2010
Pycnonotus plumosus


20 cm.
Upper parts dull brown with strong olive wash on wings and tail. Underparts pale dull brown; undertail coverts buff brown; indistinct streaking on ear coverts whitish; iris reddish (brown in juveniles.)


Tenasserim Myanmar, Malay Peninsula and Greater Sundas.


Photo by Joeyao
Sime Forest, Singapore


There are 7 subspecies:

  • P. p. plumosus: Malay Peninsula, Riau Archaepelago, eastern Sumatra and Java
  • P. p. porphyreus: Western Sumatra, Nias, Batu, Banyak and Mentawi islands
  • P. p. billitonis: Western and southern Borneo and Belitung Island
  • P. p. hutzi: Northern and eastern Borneo
  • P. p. chiroplethis: Anambas Islands (South China Sea)
  • P. p. hachisukae: Banggai and adjacent islands off north-eastern Borneo; Cagayan Sulu
  • P. p. sibergi: Bawean Island (Java Sea)

Ashy-fronted Bulbul was formerly included in this species.


Forests, forest edges, coastal scrub and plantations.


Usually seen singly or in pairs. Often joining other bulbuls in fruiting trees and scrubs.


Diet includes fruit.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Birdforum thread discussing Ashy-fronted Bulbul in post 40

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