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Old Thursday 23rd June 2005, 13:49   #1
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need bird ID in Saudi Arabia

There are a lot of these small backyard birds where I live in Taif, western Saudi Arabia, in the mountains at about 3000 feet elevation and about 100 kilometers from the Red Sea. I have attached a photo of this bird, I would love to know what it is since there are so many of them and they wake me up every morning with their loud song.

quick description - size of a robin, black head and black thin beak, cream belly, grey wings, striking cream colored eye rings, a black tail with yellow underneath.
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Old Thursday 23rd June 2005, 13:53   #2
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My monitor is rubbish and I can't make out a lot, but seems like a Bulbul. Yellow-vented Bulbul?
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Old Thursday 23rd June 2005, 13:55   #3
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That is a species of bulbul whose name escapes me - yellow-vented maybe?
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Old Thursday 23rd June 2005, 13:56   #4
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Hi,
your bird is a Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonatus xanthopygos)
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Old Thursday 23rd June 2005, 13:59   #5
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Yes, I agree with Tom, Yellow Vented Bulbul
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Old Thursday 23rd June 2005, 15:24   #6
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Just to be redundant. As identified already. Unmistakeable in it's range for it's totally black head and very conspicuous white periocular ring.
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Old Thursday 23rd June 2005, 15:27   #7
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http://www.birdforum.net/bird_view.php?bid=9892

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???

Can someone clarify the English names? This clearly isn't the same Yellow-vented Bulbul.

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http://www.birdforum.net/bird_view.php?bid=9892

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???

Can someone clarify the English names? This clearly isn't the same Yellow-vented Bulbul.

Hi Tom,

A case of conflicting English Common Names in this case. It is called the White-spectacled Bulbul by the Sibley-Monroe (i.e. that used in the BF Datab ase).
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Just to clarify. All of the major lists now call this White-spectacled Bulbul. I should have made the exception but I didn't think to as I know that this is also a synonym used for this bird. This from John Pennhallurick's great site "Bird Data Project"

English Synonyms:

Dark-capped Bulbul
Black-capped Bulbul
White-eyed Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul
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