Malay common name: Burung Barau-barau
English common name: Straw-headed Bulbul
Scientific name: Pycnonotus zeylanicus
Photo Source: The Star Online
If you look up in the trees in the forests of Taman Negara National Park, you might be able to spot me. I’m a bird who loves to eat fruits so you’ll find me up in the branches eating my favourite treats like figs, wild berries, and other small fruits. Much like the Sun Bear and Tapir, I too play an important role in dispersing the seeds of the fruits I eat. The seeds pass through my digestive tract whole and later grow out of my droppings. Since I fly all over the forest, I spread the seeds far and wide, which is good for the health of the ecosystem. When I can find them, I also eat small invertebrates like snails, beetles, spiders, and small lizards.
I prefer to hang out in trees and shrubs in wet areas, especially those near forest rivers and streams. You can come try to spot me in Taman Negara National Park in Pahang, Endau Rompin National Park in Johor, Royal Belum State Park in Perak, and Danum Valley in Sabah. Unfortunately, I’m not very common in Malaysia anymore because I am trapped and sold because I am a good singer.
You can check out me and my friend singing in the wild from this video!