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Bare-faced Bulbul

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Photo by Stijn De Win / Birding2asiaKhammouane province, Laos, December 2008
Photo by Stijn De Win / Birding2asia
Khammouane province, Laos, December 2008
Pycnonotus hualon


[edit] Identification

A newly described species with first sightings in 1995 and officially described in 2009.

  • Bare face and side of the head
  • Extensive pale blue periorbital and loral skin and orange-pink skin on the rear side of head
  • Loose, hair-like filoplumes along mid-crown
  • Olive undertail-coverts
  • Fawn-grey breast and belly
  • White throat

[edit] Distribution

Currently only know from Laos. Recorded at Pha Lom and Khammouan province limestone.
May also occur in other similar habitat in Laos or Vietnam. A restricted-range species.

[edit] Taxonomy

Birds seen at Khammouan differ slightly in appearance.

[edit] Habitat

Limestone karst

[edit] Behaviour

Recorded feeding on berries.
A conspicuous species, mostly seen foraging and moving at all times of day. Usually seen singly or in pairs.
No information yet about breeding.

[edit] References

  1. Woxvold J., Duckworth J.W. & Timmins R.J. 2009. An unusual new bulbul (Passeriformes:Pycnonotidae) from the limestone karst of Lao PDR. In: Forktail 25 (2009): 1-12
  2. De Win S. 2009. Laos’ Khammouane Bulbul, a new bird species from Laos. [1]

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