I photographed this red-eyed bird while on holiday in Bagan
QI photographed the attached bird at our hotel in Bagan and noted the red eyes before I checked the field guide. The Streak-eared Bulbul, a common Myanmar bird, is as nondescript but with pale eyes. The Olive-winged Bulbul has red eyes but yellowish-green wing fringes, and in Myanmar is apparently confined to the southern coastal strip of Tenasserim. So, which is this? Mike Haddrell, Wantage
AWe think this an Olive-winged Bulbul, because, as you say, those red eyes are really very striking, and it fits the bill well in other respects where plumage and structure are concerned. Range maps in field guides are only approximate, not least because in the time since the guide was put together, a species’ range may have changed considerably. But individual birds also roam outside their usual range, of course, so there’s always a chance of something turning up out of its usual context.