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White-cheeked bulbul

Pycnonotus leucotis

Did you know?

  • White-cheeked bulbuls are a part of the Pycnonotidae family, which they share with a variety of bulbuls.
  • They are named for their bright white cheek feathers.
  • They are also known as the white-eared bulbuls.
  • They live in scrubland and woodland throughout the Middle East north of the Arabian Sea (from Oman to India).
  • A female will lay two to four eggs per clutch.


Like many bulbuls, white-cheeked bulbuls are named after a certain unique feature of their plumage. For this bulbul species, their name comes from the bright white feathers on their cheeks. There are over 100 species of bulbuls. White-cheeked bulbuls songbirds have a wingspan that reaches seven to eight inches. They enjoy fruit and are common in their ecosystem.

Young and Family

White-cheeked bulbul pairs work together to build small nests using twigs and grasses. They lay two to four eggs, and both parents gather food to feed their chicks.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild


The White-cheeked bulbul is widespread and abundant.


Middle East north of the Arabian Sea, from Oman to India


Dry woodland, thorn scrub and semi-desert scrub

We care about white-cheeked bulbuls

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