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,

Featured articles:

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.