Red-whiskered Bulbul

Scientific Name: Pycnonotus jocosus
Malay Name: Merbah Telinga Merah
Chinese Name: 红耳鹎

Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia. Widely introduced to many parts of the world including Singapore via the song bird trade.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: fuscicaudatus, abuensis, pyrrhotis, emeria, whistleri, monticola, jocosus, hainanensis, pattani.

Size: 18-20.5 cm

Adult has earthly brown upperparts contrasting with white underparts, tall erect black crest, prominent white cheek and throat with black moustachial stripe, small red ear patch and reddish vent. Juvenile resembles adult but duller overall, lacks the red face patch and has brownish crest.

Habitat: Open terrain, wooded area, gardens and parks.


Local Status: Uncommon introduced resident.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)

Location: Lorong Halus, Jurong Lake Park, Kent Ridge Park, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Saddle Club, Tuas South, Punggol Barat and Pulau Ubin.


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

BirdLife International. (2017). Pycnonotus jocosus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.