Scientific Name: Microtarsus melanoleucos
Malay Name: Merbah Bahu Putih
Chinese Name: 黑白鹎
Range: 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.
Behaviour/Ecology: Nomadic. Often frequents the canopy which make observations difficult.
Local Status: Very rare visitor
Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2016)
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Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Black-and-white Bulbul)
BirdLife International. (2016). Microtarsus melanoleucos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22712616A94339056.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Black-and-white Bulbul. Retrieved on May 27, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/black-and-white-bulbul.