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need bird ID in Saudi Arabia (1 Viewer)

amy4hsales

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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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cuckooroller

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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.
 

cuckooroller

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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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