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Hairy-backed bulbul

Binomial name: Tricholestes criniger, Edward Blyth, 1845

The hairy-backed bulbul (Tricholestes criniger) is a songbird species in the bulbul family, Pycnonotidae. It is the sole species contained within the monotypic genus Tricholestes. It is found on the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Taxonomy and systematics

The hairy-backed bulbul was originally described in the genus Brachypodius (a synonym for Pycnonotus). Alternatively, some authorities have classified the hairy-backed bulbul in the genera Trichophorus (a synonym for Criniger) and Hypsipetes.

Subspecies

Three subspecies are currently recognized:

  • T. c. criniger - (Blyth, 1845): Found on the Malay Peninsula and eastern Sumatra
  • T. c. sericeus - (Blyth, 1865): Originally described as a separate species in the genus Criniger. Found on western Sumatra
  • T. c. viridis - (Bonaparte, 1854): Originally described as a separate species in the genus Trichophoropsis (a synonym for Setornis). Found on Borneo

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Pycnonotidae
Genus
Tricholestes
Species
Tricholestes criniger

Synonyms

  • Myiosobus fulvicauda, Anton Reichenow (1891)
  • Trichophorus minutus, Gustav Hartlaub (1853)
  • Brachypodius criniger, Edward Blyth (1845)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Range Map

Distribution map of Hairy-backed bulbul, Tricholestes criniger in Thailand
Range map of Tricholestes criniger in Thailand