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