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White-spectacled Bulbul - BirdForum Opus

(Redirected from Pycnonotus xanthopygos)

Alternative name: Yellow-vented Bulbul (not to be confused with the South-east Asian species Pycnonotus goiavier); White-eyed Bulbul

Photo by Blackstart
Eilat, Israel, October 2002
Pycnonotus xanthopygos


Photo by A. Meir
Eilat, Israel, July 2010

19-21cm (7½-8¼ in)

  • Sexes similar


  • Browner hood
  • Less obvious eye-rings than the adults


North Africa and the Middle East
Northern Africa: Egypt
Middle East: Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates


This is a monotypic species[1].


Oak forests, fruit plantations, desert wadis, gardens, city parks.


Photo by ammadoux
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, March 2017


Their diet consists mostly of a wide variety of both wild and cultivated fruit with the addition of some seeds and invertebrates. They also occasionally eat nectar, flowers and leaves.


They build a small cup nest formed from thin twigs, grass, leaves and moss, lined with hair. It is placed in a bush.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2017)
  4. Wikipedia
  5. BF Member observations

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