Olive-winged Bulbul

Scientific Name: Pycnonotus plumosus
Malay Name: Merbah Telinga Lorek Melayu
Chinese Name: 橄榄褐鹎

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Indonesia and Philippines

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

Local Subspecies: plumosus

Size: 20-20.5 cm

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,


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Pycnonotus plumosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.