Scientific Name: Pycnonotus finlaysoni
Malay Name: Merbah Kunyit Lekir
Chinese Name: 纹喉鹎
Range: Resident in central to southern Indochina and peninsular Malaysia. Based on current evidence, although it is quite common in suitable habitat within its range, it appears to be very rare south of Malacca.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: eous, finlaysoni.
Size: 19-20 cm
Identification: Resembles a bright Olive-winged Bulbul with a splash of colour on its face. Mostly drab brown overall except for yellow undertail-coverts, olive-yellow wings and tail, and the distinctive sharp yellow stripes on the head and upper throat.
Habitat: Forests (mostly forest edge), secondary growth and cleared forest.
Behaviour/Ecology: Favours fruiting trees, often associating with other bulbul species.
Local Status: Possible escapee
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Featured reports: May 2023
BirdLife International. (2016). Pycnonotus finlaysoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103833866A94344875.en. Accessed on 2 March 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Stripe-throated Bulbul. Retrieved on December 1, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/stripe-throated-bulbul.