Sooty-headed bulbul

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Sooty-headed bulbul
Pycnonotus aurigaster pair.JPG
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Pycnonotus
Species: P. aurigaster
Binomial name
Pycnonotus aurigaster
(Vieillot, 1818)
  • Turdus aurigaster
Near Inthanon Highland Resort - Thailand

The sooty-headed bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster) is a species of songbird in the bulbul family, Pycnonotidae. It is found in south-eastern Asia. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The sooty-headed bulbul was originally described in the genus Turdus. Alternate names for the sooty-headed bulbul include the golden-vented bulbul and several names used for other species (black-capped, red-vented, white-eared and yellow-vented bulbul).


Nine subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • P. a. chrysorrhoides - (Lafresnaye, 1845): Originally described as a separate species. Found in south-eastern China
  • P. a. resurrectus - Deignan, 1952: Found in southern China and north-eastern Vietnam
  • P. a. dolichurus - Deignan, 1949: Found in central Vietnam
  • P. a. latouchei - Deignan, 1949: Found from eastern Myanmar to southern China and northern Indochina
  • P. a. klossi - (Gyldenstolpe, 1920): Found in south-eastern Myanmar and northern Thailand
  • P. a. schauenseei - Delacour, 1943: Found in south-eastern Myanmar and northern Thailand
  • P. a. thais - (Kloss, 1924): Found in central and southern Thailand, central Laos
  • P. a. germani - (Oustalet, 1878): Originally described as a separate species in the genus Ixos. Found in south-eastern Thailand and southern Indochina
  • P. a. aurigaster - (Vieillot, 1818): Found in Java and Bali



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Pycnonotus aurigaster". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-03-25.