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White-eared Bulbul - BirdForum Opus

Pycnonotus leucotis
Nominate subspecies
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, January-2016



  • Medium grey body
  • Black head
  • Rounded black crest
  • White patch over the ear coverts
  • Yellow vent
  • Feet and legs mottled dark grey or brown


Photo © by AJDH
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, October 2006

Middle East and Asia: found from eastern Iraq, the Arabian Peninsula, through southern Iran to southern Afghanistan and western India.


Three subspecies recognized:

It was recently split from Himalayan Bulbul; the pre-split name was White-cheeked Bulbul.


Wetland reed beds, sparse brush, desert Valleys, farms, urban gardens and parkland.



The clutch of 2-3 eggs are incubated for 14-15 days.


The diet includes fruits and insects.


It has a melodious call.

Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, June-2017
Six loud and sonorous calls given by one individual while the BG screechy calls are by a group of Bank Mynas.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. nfss.org
  3. BF Member observations

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