Asian Red-eyed Bulbul

Scientific Name: Pycnonotus brunneus
Malay Name: Merbah Mata Merah Biasa
Chinese Name: 红眼褐鹎

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo

Polytypic. Subspecies are: brunneus, zapolius.

Local Subspecies: brunneus

Size: 19 cm

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 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.