White-spectacled bulbul

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White-Spectacled bulbul
White-spectacled bulbul.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Pycnonotus
Species: P. xanthopygos
Binomial name
Pycnonotus xanthopygos
(Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833)
Eggs of Pycnonotus xanthopygos MHNT

The white-spectacled bulbul also known as the yellow-vented bulbul,[2] Pycnonotus xanthopygos, is a small bird, slightly bigger than a sparrow. It is 20–25 cm (7.9–9.8 in) in length, and its wingspan is 20–25 cm (7.9–9.8 in). A stable[clarification needed] bird that lives in fruit plantations, gardens, cities and other places. It is the most common member of the bulbul family in Israel and Lebanon.[3] In Turkey, it is mainly found in the coastal Mediterranean region, but its range extends from Patara/Gelemiş near Kaş in the west to Türkoğlu in the east.[4] Breeding populations are found from Central and Southern Turkey to Western Syria, The Lebanon, Western Jordan, Israel, Sinai and Western, Central and Southern Arabia.[5]

Both sexes are similar; juveniles have a browner hood and less obvious eye-rings than the adults. The nest – a small cup of thin twigs, grass stems, leaves and moss – is generally located in bushes and lined with hair, shredded bark and small roots.[5] They can be considered as pets if raised by humans at an age not exceeding three weeks. When being raised, people usually feed them with bananas using a stick.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Pycnonotus xanthopygos". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv
  3. ^ Noam Kirshenbaum, ed. Birds of Israel: A Pocket Guide to Common Species. Nature in Israel, 2005.
  4. ^ Zoology in the
  5. ^ a b White-spectacled Bulbul - Pycnonotus xanthopygos