Cinereous Bulbul

Scientific Name: Hemixos cinereus

Malay Name: Merbah-Kelabu Biasa

Chinese Name: 灰黑短脚鹎

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, and Borneo.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: cinereus, connectens.

Local Subspecies: cinereus

Size: 20.5-21 cm

Identification: Adult has brownish upperparts, streaked crown with short crest, black mask, brown ear-coverts, whitish throat and pale greyish breast.

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth, wooded areas, parks and gardens.

Behaviour/Ecology: Gregarious and congregates at fruiting trees with other bulbuls.

Local Status: Rare visitor

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Central Catchment Forest, Kent Ridge Park, East Coast Park, Jurong Lake Park, Bidadari, Tuas South, Pulau Hantu and Pulau Ubin.


BirdLife International. (2016). Hemixos cinereus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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