Sooty-headed Bulbul

Scientific Name: Pycnonotus aurigaster
Malay Name: Merbah Ubun Hitam Selatan
Chinese Name: 白喉红臀鹎

Found from southern China to mainland Southeast Asia and discontinuously to Java and Bali. Widely introduced to Singapore and rest of Indonesia.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: chrysorrhoides, resurrectus, dolichurus, latouchei, klossi, schauenseei, thais, germani, aurigaster.

Size: 19-21 cm

Adult has black head, chin and nape with short crest, brown upperparts with white rump, white underparts and orange-red vent. Juvenile resembles adult but has browner head and paler vent.

Habitat: Open wooded area.


Local Status: Uncommon introduced resident.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Lorong Halus, Punggol Barat, Pasir Ris Park and Tampines Eco Green.

BirdLife International. (2016). Pycnonotus aurigaster. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.