Scientific Name: Iole crypta
Malay Name: Merbah-Riang Biasa
Chinese Name: 棕臀短脚鹎
Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo
Size: 20-20.5 cm
Identification: 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.
- Bird List Revision for March 2019 (Revisions)
- Minor checklist revision for April 2017 (Revisions)
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Buff-vented Bulbul)
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Buff-vented Bulbul. Retrieved on June 5, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/buff-vented-bulbul.