Black-crested Bulbul

Scientific Name: Rubigula flaviventris
Malay Name: Merbah-Kunyit Jambul Biasa
Chinese Name: 黑冠黄鹎

Found from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, southwest China to Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: flaviventris, vantynei, xanthops, aurata, johnsoni, elbeli, negata, caecilii.

Size: 18.5-19.5 cm

Adult has glossy black head with tall erect crest, white eyes, bright yellow underparts and rather uniform greenish-olive upperparts. Juvenile has duller head.

Similar looking species: Black-headed Bulbul

Habitat: Forest, forest edge and secondary growth.


Local Status: Uncommon introduced resident.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Sighted at Central Catchment Forest, Venus Drive and Bukit Brown. Recent sightings confined to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (summit).


BirdLife International. (2016). Rubigula flaviventris. 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.