Stripe-throated Bulbul
Upper Seletar Reservoir Park
22 Apr 2022

General details
Species Stripe-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus finlaysoni
Record ID 10491
Date 22 Apr 2022
Location Upper Seletar Reservoir Park
Count 1 individual
Date added 02 Mar 2023

Committee's view
The sighting was first made public after 10 months, in March 2023. As of 16 April 2023, no further details, descriptions or photographs are available on any public site besides those presented in the NSSBGRC report for 2023. This record was also omitted in the official 2022 January to June report written by the same group.

The information provided below relates to the original vote in April 2023. A full summary with more details is available here.

Three RC members voted that the bird was likely to be an escapee, two that it was likely to be a wild bird, and one that the bird was possibly a wild bird. The summarised justifications for these votes are as follows.

For the bird likely being a wandering individual from the Peninsula, just like the other non-breeding visitor bulbuls Singapore gets:
1) Records South of Malacca are sparse, but as of voting, there was one eBird record from Panti in April 2023.
2) The species is not being openly traded in Singapore.
3) The species does not require particularly pristine forest; the habitat in Singapore is suited for it.

For the bird likely being an escapee:
1) The species is sparse in the Southern portion of Peninsula Malaysia and it is not known to be nomadic unlike the other non-breeding visitor bulbuls Singapore gets.
2) There are no records of the bird being traded in Singapore, but it is not inconceivable given the large number of birds traded locally. This species is also extensively traded in regional countries like Thailand.
3) Even in Thailand that is part of this species' natural range, records from city parks are thought to be escapees by the local Records Committee as they generally do not disperse out of their habitat.

Vote results For: 8
Escapee: 4, Wild: 3, Limbo: 1
Verdict Accepted / Limbo (Verifiable)

Committee's view (prior to reopening)
Vote results Cat A: 2, Cat D: 1, Cat E1: 3
Verdict Accepted / Escapee (Verifiable)
Placed in Cat E1

References (see all)
References NSS

Revisions to this record
Date revised Changes made
03 May 2023 This vote was reopened as 50% of the committee voted to do so. The details of the original vote are given above.
03 May 2023 Made screenshot publicly viewable


Bird Society of Singapore. (2023). Record 10491: Stripe-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus finlaysoni. Retrieved June 26, 2024, from

Credit for photo(s): Veronica Foo

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