White-browed Bulbul, Pycnonotus luteolus

The White-browed Bulbul, Pycnonotus luteolus, is endemic to Sri Lanka and can be found along the coasts of peninsular India.

This is a bird of dry scrub and woodland edges. It is usually detected by the burst of song that it produces from the top of a bush and often dives into the bush becoming difficult to see.


The White-browed Bulbul averages 7 inches or 20 cm in length, including their long tail. It has olive-grey upperparts and whitish underparts. This species is identified by the white supercilium, white crescent below the eye, and dark eyestripe and moustachial stripe.

Males and females look alike.

Nesting / Breeding

These bulbuls builds their nest in trees. A typical clutch consists of two eggs.

Diet / Feeding

White-browed Bulbuls feed on fruit, nectar and insects.

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