Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni)

Adult Stripe-throated Bulbul (subspecies P. f. finlaysoni) at Genting Highlands - July 2016

OTHER NAMES: Striped-throated Bulbul, Steak-throated Bulbul
Local Name (Malay): Merbah Luris Leher ("Strait Neck Bulbul")
Featured Subspecies: Pycnonotus finlaysoni finlaysoni
Weight: 24-32g
Length: 19cm
Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

This is very much one of those species where I have no idea where the common name comes from: while there is certainly some vague stripes or streaking going on, the fact this species has a bright yellow face would have seemed to me a more notable feature.  I first saw this species from underneath, and thought it was likely another yellow-vented bulbul - this species also has a yellow rump - but when it moved position I was able to confirm it as this species, which isn't quite as ubiquitous - favouring forests.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Pycnonotus
SUBSPECIES: P. f. davisoni, P. f. eous, P. f. finlaysoni

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A locally fairly common resident.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: A single individual seen in Genting Highlands

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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