Scientific Name: Pycnonotus zeylanicus
Malay Name: Barau-barau Raya
Chinese Name: 黄冠鹎
Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Java and Borneo.
Size: 29 cm
Identification: Largest bulbul species in Singapore with strong bill, yellowish-orange crown and ear coverts, blackish eye and submoustachial stripes, whitish throat, bold whitish streaks on brownish breast and olive-green wings and uppertail coverts. Juvenile has duller and browner head.
Habitat: Forest, forest edge and secondary growth.
Ecology/Behaviour: Very vocal especially at dawn and before dusk. Gregarious and often perches on low branches overlooking water.
Local Status: Uncommon resident
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered (IUCN 3.1)
Location: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Bukit Gombak, Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Brown and Pulau Ubin.
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore