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

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.

Ecology/Behaviour: 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

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Last sighting at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (Summit) on 20 Dec 1990.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
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.
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2