Black-crested Bulbul

Scientific Name: Rubigula flaviventris

Malay Name: Merbah-Kunyit Jambul Biasa

Chinese Name: 黑冠黄鹎

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

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

Size: 18.5-19.5 cm

Identification: 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).

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Rubigula flaviventris. 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.

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