Olive-winged Bulbul

Scientific Name: Pycnonotus plumosus

Malay Name: Merbah Telinga Lorek Melayu

Chinese Name: 橄榄褐鹎

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Indonesia and Philippines

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: porphyreus, plumosus, hutzi, hachisukae.

Local Subspecies: plumosus

Size: 20-20.5 cm

Identification: Adult has whitish streaks on ear-coverts, brownish upperparts with distinctive yellowish-olive flight feathers, pale brownish underparts, dark red eyes, all-dark bill and dark buffish undertail-coverts. Juvenile resembles adult but has brownish eyes and duller flight feathers.

Similar looking species: Cream-vented Bulbul, Asian Red-eyed Bulbul

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth, wooded area and mangroves.


Local Status: Common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Pasir Ris Park, Pulau Ubin and Sentosa,


BirdLife International. (2016). Pycnonotus plumosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103834549A94346461.en. 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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