Black-and-white Bulbul

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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.

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

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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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.