Scientific Name: Iole crypta
Malay Name: Merbah-Riang Biasa
Chinese Name: 棕臀短脚鹎
Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo
Size: 20-20.5 cm
Adult has brownish upperparts, greyish underparts, blackish crown streaks, pale supercilium, silvery-white eyes, long heavy bill and buffish undertail-coverts. Juvenile resembles adult but has light brown eyes.
Similar looking species: Streaked Bulbul
Habitat: Forest, forest edge and secondary growth.
Behaviour/Ecology: A generalist feeder, searching foliage for arthropods and also sallies after insects passing in flight. The fruit part of the diet include figs.
Local Status: Very rare non-breeding visitor
Location: Last sighting at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (Summit) on 20 Dec 1990.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.
Wells, D. (1999). Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula. Academic Press.