(Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1833)
The white-spectacled bulbul also known as the yellow-vented bulbul, 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. 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. Breeding populations are found from Central and Southern Turkey to Western Syria, Lebanon, Western Jordan, Israel, Sinai and Western, Central and Southern Arabia.
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. 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.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Pycnonotus xanthopygos". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv
- Noam Kirshenbaum, ed. Birds of Israel: A Pocket Guide to Common Species. Nature in Israel, 2005.
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