Cream-vented Bulbul

Scientific Name: Pycnonotus simplex
Malay Name: Merbah Mata Putih Biasa
Chinese Name: 白眼褐鹎

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Indonesia

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: Asian Red-eyed Bulbul, Olive-winged Bulbul

Habitat: Forest, forest edge and secondary growth.


Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Central Catchment Forest and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.


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.