Buff-vented Bulbul

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

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Past accepted records in our database:

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.