White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis
(aka White-cheeked Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenys leucotis)
White-eared Bulbul, Abu Dhabi, March 2010 - click for larger image

Abu Dhabi

Some authorities treat Pycnonotus leucotis as a species distributed around the Persian Gulf and in Pakistan and adjacent areas. Others treat it as a sub-species of Pycnonotus leucogenys which would extend this distribution to the Himalayas from eastern Afghanistan to north-east India.

White-eared Bulbul, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, March 2010 - click for larger image It is found in dry woodlands, scrub, parks and gardens where it feeds on fruit and insects.

It has a black head and throat and a large white patch on the cheek. The vent is yellow and the dark tail has a white tip.

Its song is a brief, bubbly, chatter

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