Cream-vented Bulbul

Scientific Name: Pycnonotus simplex

Malay Name: Merbah Mata Putih Biasa

Chinese Name: 白眼褐鹎

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Indonesia

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: simplex, perplexus, prillwitzi, halizonus.

Local Subspecies: simplex

Size: 18 cm

Identification: Adult has striking whitish eyes, cold brown uppperparts, washed greyish-brown breast and flanks, creamy-whitish throat, belly and vent. Juvenile resembles adult but has pale brown eyes.

Similar looking species: Olive-winged Bulbul, Asian Red-eyed Bulbul

Habitat: Forest, forest edge and secondary growth.


Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

Location: Central Catchment Forest and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2019). Pycnonotus simplex. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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

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