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Himalayan Bulbul

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Alternative name: White-cheeked Bulbul[1]

Photo by dineshagg Himalayan Foothills
Photo by dineshagg
Himalayan Foothills
Pycnonotus leucogenys


[edit] Identification

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

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] Taxonomy

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.

[edit] Habitat

Wooded valleys and bushy hillsides.

[edit] Behaviour

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

[edit] Diet

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

[edit] Vocalisation

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

[edit] References

  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
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at

[edit] External Links

Notice that the following Gallery search may find both this species and the White-eared Bulbul, because the scientific name stayed the same as the pre-split name.


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