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Puff-throated bulbul

Alophoixus pallidus

Photo by António Gonçalves (Flickr)

Common name:
puff-throated bulbul (en); tuta-pálido (pt); bulbul pâle (fr); bulbul pálido (es); blassbauch-haubenbülbül (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Pycnonotidae

This species is found in southern China, eastern Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

These birds are 23 cm long.

The puff-throated bulbul is found in moist tropical forests, mainly in lowland areas, but also in some mountain slopes.

They feed on fruits and invertebrates.

Puff-throated bulbuls breed in February-July. They often breed cooperatively, with helpers participating in nest-building, incubating and feeding the young. The nest is a deep cup made of dry leaves and lined with fine rootlets, placed in an horizontal fork in a small tree, 1-15 m above the ground. The female lays 2-3 whitish of pale cream eggs with dark rusty-red blotches, which are incubated for 12-13 days. The chicks fledge 10-11 days after hatching.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a very large breeding range and is described as common in most parts of its range and very common in southern China. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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