Black-and-white Bulbul

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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

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 non-breeding visitor

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2016)

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Past accepted records in our database:

BirdLife International. (2016). Microtarsus melanoleucos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. 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.