Buff-vented Bulbul

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

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

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.

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.


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.

To top
%d bloggers like this: