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

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: Cream-vented Bulbul, Olive-winged Bulbul

Habitat: Forest, forest edge and secondary growth.


Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

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


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia.