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Sooty-headed Bulbul - BirdForum Opus

Nominate subspecies
Photo © by ammadoux
Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia, 3 July 2018
Pycnonotus aurigaster


  • Short crest
  • Black lores and face
  • Brown upperparts
  • White rump
  • White underparts

Juveniles similar but the head is browner and the vent is paler


Vent area varies from yellow, through orange to red, depending on the subspecies.

Subspecies chrysorrhoides
Photo © by anonymous guy
Lamma Island, Hong Kong, 20 March 2005


Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam.



There are 9 subspecies[1]:


Cultivated and grassy areas, scrub, second growth, forest clearings, woods, towns and gardens.



They forage in pairs during the breeding season. They are generalist and opportunistic feeders. There is no information on their actual diet, but is likely to be similar to Red-vented Bulbul, with fruit an nectar featuring.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2018)
  3. Singapore Bird Project

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