Hypsipetes flavala Blyth, 1845. Some authors consider races of chestnut bulbul (Hemixos castanonotus) as races of the ashy bulbul.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Ashy bulbul, brown-eared bulbul, chestnut bulbul; French: Bulbul а ailes vertes; German: Braunohrbьlbьl; Spanish: Bulbul Ahumado.
7.8 in (20 cm). Distinctive bird, black crest and mask, brown cheeks and white throat. Back, chest, and tail gray, white belly, olive-yellow patch on wings. Sexes alike. Juvenile similar, but browner upperparts.
Himalayas, southwestern China, Southeast Asia, and Greater Sundas.
Broadleaved forest and edge plantations.
Found in noisy parties, pairs during breeding season. Puffs out throat feathers like Alophoixos bulbuls. Voice a loud ringing call of four to five notes, also harsh “trrk.” Resident, may move altitudinally.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Forages among trees for berries, nectar, and insects; the latter it catches on the wing.
Breeds in May and June. Deep, cuplike nest.
Not threatened. Locally common.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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