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Species of Thailand

White-headed bulbul

Hypsipetes thompsoni

Charles Thomas Bingham, 1900

In Thai: นกปรอดเทาหัวขาว

The white-headed bulbul (Hypsipetes thompsoni) is a songbird species in the bulbul family, Pycnonotidae.

It is found in Myanmar and north-western Thailand. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest. It is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.

Taxonomy and systematics

The white-headed bulbul was previously placed in the monotypic genus Cerasophila (literally meaning "cherry-lover"). Following recently molecular phylogenetic studies, it is now placed in the genus Hypsipetes. Alternate names for the white-headed bulbul include Bingham's bulbul and brown-vented bulbul.

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Hypsipetes thompsoni

Common names

  • Thai: นกปรอดเทาหัวขาว


  • Hypsipetes thompsoni, Charles Thomas Bingham (1900)
  • Cerasophila thompsoni, Charles Thomas Bingham (1900)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Range Map

Distribution map of White-headed bulbul, Hypsipetes thompsoni in Thailand
  • Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Khun Chae National Park
  • Mae Sot District, Tak
  • Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Phu Chi Fa Forest Park
  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
Range map of Hypsipetes thompsoni in Thailand