The Enchanting Beauty of the Stripe-throated Bulbul: A Visual Symphony in Nature

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A bird whose face looks like a chrysanthemum exploded and plastered itself right onto it.

Meet the Stripe-throated Bulbul

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The stripe-throated bulbul, also known as the streak-throated bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni), is a songbird belonging to the bulbul family. The stripe-throated bulbul grows to a length of approximately 20 cm (8 in). Both males and females have predominantly dull brown plumage, except for the forehead, ear coverts, throat, and upper breast, which are prominently streaked with yellow. The leading edges of the wings and the outer tail feathers display a yellowish hue, while the lower breast and belly exhibit white streaks. The area around the vent is yellow in color.

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Juveniles resemble adults but with more subdued yellow coloring.


The bird’s song consists of a variable sequence of loud, clear throaty notes.

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It is found in southeastern Asia, primarily in tropical moist lowland forests and tropical moist montane forests.


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The stripe-throated bulbul is native to tropical southeastern Asia, including peninsular Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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This species is quite common, and it is categorized as “least concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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It inhabits various woodland environments such as secondary forests, thickets, scrublands, clearings, and gardens. The bird can be found at altitudes of up to approximately 1,300 m (4,300 ft).


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This bulbul species is omnivorous, feeding on a variety of berries and fruits, including banyans and Ficus triangularis. It supplements its diet by consuming insects, which it captures in flight or on the ground. Breeding typically occurs between February and September in Malaysia, and the nest is carefully constructed, deep, and cup-shaped.

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Breeding takes place between February and September in Malaysia, the nest being cup-shaped, deep, and carefully made.

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The stripe-throated bulbul has an extensive range, covering over 2,000,000 km2 (770,000 sq mi). It is a common species with no significant threats identified, and its population appears stable. Consequently, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has categorized it as a species of “least concern” in terms of conservation status.


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Watch this bird in action right here:

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