Scientific Name: Brachypodius melanocephalos
Malay Name: Merbah Siam
Chinese Name: 黑头鹎
Range: Found from northeast India, Bangladesh, southwest China to Southeast Asia
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: melanocephalos, hyperemnus, baweanus, hodiernus.
Local Subspecies: melanocephalos
Size: 18 cm
Identification: 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.
BirdLife International. (2016). Brachypodius atriceps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103836079A94339713.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Black-headed Bulbul. Retrieved on October 1, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/black-headed-bulbul.