Asian Red-eyed Bulbul

Scientific Name: Pycnonotus brunneus

Malay Name: Merbah Mata Merah Biasa

Chinese Name: 红眼褐鹎

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: brunneus, zapolius.

Local Subspecies: brunneus

Size: 19 cm

Identification: Adult has prominent red eyes, warm-brownish uppperparts and pale brownish underparts. Juvenile resembles adult but has pale brown eyes. Juvenile resembles adult but has brownish eyes.

Similar looking species: Olive-winged Bulbul, Cream-vented Bulbul

Habitat: Forest, forest edge and secondary growth.


Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Bukit Batok Nature Park.


BirdLife International. (2016). Pycnonotus brunneus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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

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