Stripe-throated Bulbul

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)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.


BirdLife International. (2016). Pycnonotus finlaysoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 2 March 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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