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).
- Bird List Revision for August 2020 (Revisions)
- Bird List Revision for March 2019 (Revisions)
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Black-crested Bulbul)
BirdLife International. (2016). Rubigula flaviventris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103826151A104338610.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Black-crested Bulbul. Retrieved on May 29, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/black-crested-bulbul.