White-throated bulbul

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White-throated bulbul
White-throated Bulbul Birding in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary.jpg
From Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Alophoixus
A. flaveolus
Binomial name
Alophoixus flaveolus
(Gould, 1836)
Alophoixus flaveolus distribution map.png
  • Criniger flaveolus
  • Trichophorus flaveolus

The white-throated bulbul (Alophoixus flaveolus) is a species of songbird in the bulbul family, Pycnonotidae. It is found in south-eastern Asia from the eastern Himalayas to Myanmar and western Thailand. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The white-throated bulbul was originally described in the genus Trichophorus (a synonym for Criniger) until moved to the genus Alophoixus in 2009.[2] Alternate names for the white-throated bulbul include the ashy-fronted bearded bulbul, ashy-fronted bulbul, white-throated bearded bulbul, and yellow-bellied bulbul. The alternate names 'ashy-fronted bulbul' and 'yellow-bellied bulbul' should not be confused with species of the same name (Pycnonotus cinereifrons and Alophoixus phaeocephalus respectively). The common name 'white-throated bulbul' is also used as an alternate name for each of the white-throated greenbul, eastern bearded greenbul, puff-throated bulbul and yellow-bellied bulbul. The alternate name 'white-throated bearded bulbul' is also used as an alternate name for the eastern bearded greenbul.


Two subspecies are recognized:[3]

  • A. f. flaveolus - (Gould, 1836): Found from eastern Himalayas to northern Myanmar
  • A. f. burmanicus - (Oates, 1889): Originally described as a separate species in the genus Criniger. Found in south-eastern Myanmar, southern China and western Thailand
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  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Alophoixus flaveolus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22713140A94360892. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22713140A94360892.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Taxonomy Version 2 « IOC World Bird List". www.worldbirdnames.org. Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  3. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". www.worldbirdnames.org. Retrieved 2017-05-12.