- Pycnonotus leucotis
- Medium grey body
- Black head
- Rounded black crest
- White patch over the ear coverts
- Yellow vent
- Feet and legs mottled dark grey or brown
Three subspecies recognized:
- P. l. mesopotamia in Iraq, Arabia and souther Iran (valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates), also recorded in southeast Turkey
- P. l. dactylus on Persian Gulf coast of east Arabia
- P. l. leucotis in east Iraq to southern Iran, northern Arabia, southern Afghanistan and western India
It was recently split from Himalayan Bulbul; the pre-split name was White-cheeked Bulbul.
Wetland reed beds, sparse brush, desert Valleys, farms, urban gardens and parkland.
The clutch of 2-3 eggs are incubated for 14-15 days.
The diet includes fruits and insects.
It has a melodious call.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) White-eared Bulbul. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 6 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/White-eared_Bulbul