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White-eared Bulbul

(Pycnonotus leucotis)
Alternate name(s): "White-cheeked Bulbul"
Size: 17-19 cm

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See White-eared Bulbul at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a White-eared Bulbul
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Near-frontal view of a White-eared Bulbul enjoying a drink and a bath
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Lateral view of a White-eared Bulbul just out of the bath
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Lateral view of a White-eared Bulbul
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Near-dorsal view of a White-eared Bulbul
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Ventral view of a White-eared Bulbul showing clearly the orange-yellow vent
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

White-eared Bulbul searching for food
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Juvenile White-eared Bulbul approaching a pond to have a drink on a hot day, with temperatures in excess of 40 C
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, May 2010]

Pair of White-eared Bulbuls with its offspring - a total of three juvenile birds were seen (upper left, lower right and under the left adult bird); at first we mistook them for Yellow-vented Bulbuls, but the brownish neck colour and absence of a crest are inconsistent with such an identification
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Behaviour

Bulbuls are the only bird family known to us that will devour whole flowers. Below an example of a White-eared Bulbul is shown, but the same behaviour has also been observed in Yellow-vented Bulbuls.

Food, Diet

We have seen White-eared Bulbuls devour whole flowers (photo below).

White-eared Bulbul gulping down a flower
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

Frontal view of a White-eared Bulbul with something it has found in an acacia tree
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

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