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

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 (IUCN 3.1)

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


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page (BirdLife: Brachypodius atriceps)
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia.