Puff-throated bulbul

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Puff-throated bulbul
Puff-throated Bulbul (Alophoixus pallidus).jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Alophoixus
Species: A. pallidus
Binomial name
Alophoixus pallidus
(Swinhoe, 1870)

The puff-throated bulbul (Alophoixus pallidus) is a species of songbird in the Pycnonotidae family. It is found in Cambodia, China, Laos, Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Description[edit]

It is a large (23 cm long) bulbul with olive upperparts, yellow underparts, and puffy white throat feathers. It is similar in appearance to the white-throated bulbul but with duller underparts. It has black feet and brown iris and bill. Males and females are visually indistinguishable.[2]

Breeding[edit]

The puff-throated bulbul is a regular but not an obligate cooperative breeder. Groups can comprise one or more breeding pairs and breed either cooperatively or non-cooperatively. In cases or multiple breeding pairs in a single territory, the pairs nest separately. The female builds the nest and incubates and broods the young. Males and helpers aid in feeding the nestlings and fledglings. Nests are open cups typically located in the understorey.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Alophoixus pallidus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ MacKinnon, John; Karen Phillipps (2000). A Field Guide to the Birds of China. USA: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198549407. 
  3. ^ Pierce, A.J.; K. Tokue; K. Pobprasert; W. Sankamethawee (2007). "Cooperative breeding in the Puff-throated Bulbul Alophoixus pallidus in Thailand". Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 55: 199–201.