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Himalayan Bulbul - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: White-cheeked Bulbul[1]

Photo by dineshagg
Himalayan Foothills
Pycnonotus leucogenys


19–20 cm (7½-8 in)
This species is distinguished by its black head, white cheeks and yellow patch under tail.


It is a widespread resident in Himalayas, but also found west to Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula.


This is a monotypic species[1].

The former subspecies humii is now believed to be a hybrid population between White-eared Bulbul and Himalayan Bulbul.

The species has recently been split from White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis); the pre-split species used to be called White-cheeked Bulbul.


Wooded valleys and bushy hillsides.


Photo by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Almora, Himalayas, India, Oct.-2016


Their diet consists of berries, mistletoe, seeds and buds.


Recording by Alok Tewari
Dwarahat, Almora, Himalayas, Alt 5000 ft above MSL, India, Oct.-2016
Song of one individual at day break.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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