Black-headed Bulbul

Scientific Name: Brachypodius melanocephalos
Malay Name: Merbah Siam
Chinese Name: 黑头鹎

Found from northeast India, Bangladesh, southwest China to Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: melanocephalos, hyperemnus, baweanus, hodiernus.

Local Subspecies: melanocephalos

Size: 18 cm

Adult has mostly yellowish-green plumage, black crestless head, blue eyering and broad black subterminal tail-band. Juvenile is generally duller than adult.

Similar looking species: Black-crested Bulbul

Habitat: Forest, forest edge and secondary growth.


Local Status: Rare resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Recent sightings are confined to the Central Catchment Forest and Bukit Brown.

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BirdLife International. (2016). Brachypodius atriceps. 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.