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White-spectacled Bulbul

(Pycnonotus xanthopygos)
Alternate name(s): "Yellow-vented Bulbul", "Black-capped Bulbul"
Size: 19-21 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-spectacled Bulbul at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

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

Near-frontal view of a White-spectacled Bulbul showing very clearly the toehold typical of a passerine, holding on to the branch with three toes forward and one back
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

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

White-spectacled Bulbul on its perch
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

White-spectacled Bulbul seeking shelter on a hot day
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

Although it is not nice to peek up somebody's back side, this photo shows very clearly why this species was called the "Yellow-vented Bulbul" until the superspecies was split up and that name given to another species...
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, September 2009]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Full-frontal view of a juvenile White-spectacled Bulbul spotted in late April
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Juvenile White-spectacled Bulbul with its head slightly turned...
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Juvenile White-spectacled Bulbul displaying its crest; the pinkish inside of its bill tells how young the bird still is
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

This is the same juvenile White-spectacled Bulbul as above, now practising how to drink from a pond; not being sure what exactly to do, it studies how a young House Sparrow does it
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, April 2010]

Behaviour

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

White-spectacled Bulbul seen feasting on the petals of flowers
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, November 2009]

Food, Diet

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

White-spectacled Bulbul picking a whole flower before carrying it away and then gulping it down in one piece
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, February 2010]

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