Hairy-backed bulbul

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Hairy-backed bulbul
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Tricholestes
Salvadori, 1874
T. criniger
Binomial name
Tricholestes criniger
(Blyth, 1845)
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  • Myiosobus Reichenow, 1891


  • Brachypodius criniger Blyth, 1845
  • Hypsipetes criniger
  • Myiosobus fulvicauda Reichenow, 1891
  • Trichophorus minutus Hartlaub, 1853

The hairy-backed bulbul (Tricholestes criniger) is a songbird species in the bulbul family, Pycnonotidae. It is the sole species contained within the monotypic genus Tricholestes.[2] It is found on the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.[1]

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The hairy-backed bulbul was originally described in the genus Brachypodius (a synonym for Pycnonotus). Alternatively, some authorities have classified the hairy-backed bulbul in the genera Trichophorus (a synonym for Criniger) and Hypsipetes.


Three subspecies are currently recognized:[3]

  • T. c. criniger - (Blyth, 1845): Found on the Malay Peninsula and eastern Sumatra
  • T. c. sericeus - (Blyth, 1865): Originally described as a separate species in the genus Criniger. Found on western Sumatra
  • T. c. viridis - (Bonaparte, 1854): Originally described as a separate species in the genus Trichophoropsis (a synonym for Setornis). Found on Borneo


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2016). "Tricholestes criniger". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22713161A94362438. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22713161A94362438.en. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Steven M. Gregory (2000). "Nomenclature of the Hypsipetes bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)" (PDF). Forktail. 16: 164–166. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-08-28.
  3. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-06-02.