(Last Updated on : 10/12/2015)
White-Eared Bulbul is an Indian bird
that bears a scientific name of "Pycnonotus leucotis
". It is a member of the bulbul family.
Concentration of White-Eared Bulbul
White-Eared Bulbul is found in Kuwait, Bahrain, mid and southern Iraq, southern Iran, Tehran Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, north-western India, in parts of Maharashtra
, Madhya Pradesh
, and on the Arabian peninsula. White-Eared Bulbul is also found in the Eastern Ghats Mountain Range in India
Category of White-Eared Bulbul
White-Eared Bulbul was earlier considered a con-specific of Pycnonotus leucogenys.
Structure of White-Eared Bulbul
White-Eared Bulbul is very similar in appearance to the Himalayan White-Cheeked Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenys
but smaller and uncrested and with a larger white cheek patch. It has a pale bare eye-ring. The vent is orange yellow. Sexes of White-Eared Bulbul are alike.
Habitats of White-Eared Bulbul
White-Eared Bulbul is found in scrub forest and garden land of the Middle East, Arabian Countries, Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats especially in dry and arid areas like Maharashtra
, Madhya Pradesh
. White-Eared Bulbul is also found in flocks or pairs in the mangroves, gorging on the fruits of the Meswak bush. White-Eared Bulbuls are usually seen in pairs or small groups.
Feeding of White-Eared Bulbul
White-Eared Bulbul feeds on fruits and insects and breeds from March to June.
Family of White-Eared Bulbul
There are over 137 species of the bulbul family; Pycnonotidae
. The more common name, white–eared (Pycnonotus leucotis) is often confused with the white-cheeked (Pycnonotus leucogeny) a much larger Himalayan bulbul with a very pronounced crest.
Colour of White-Eared Bulbul
White-Eared Bulbul has a medium grey body, jet black head, subtle rounded black crest and a distinct white patch over the ear coverts; hence the name. The feet and legs of White-Eared Bulbul are mottled dark grey/ brown.