Black-and-white Bulbul

Scientific Name: Microtarsus melanoleucos
Malay Name: Merbah Bahu Putih
Chinese Name: 黑白鹎

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo.


Size: 18 cm

Identification: Male has overall blackish-brown plumage with contrasting white upper- and underwing-coverts. Female is somewhat browner than male and has less white on upperwing-coverts. Juvenile is paler and browner (especially the underparts) and lacks white on upperwing-coverts.

Habitat: Forest and forest edge.

Ecology/Behaviour: Nomadic. Often frequents the canopy which make observations difficult.

Local Status: Very rare non-breeding visitor

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Only one sighting at Central Catchment Forest (Jelutong Tower) on 29 May 2012.


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.
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2