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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Red-eyed Bulbul)

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.