Red-whiskered Bulbul

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names


Native Habitat

Woodland, Scrubland


Insects, Fruits


Red-whiskered Bulbul

Pycnonotus jocosus

The Red-whiskered Bulbul is a passerine bird found in Asia. It is a member of the bulbul family. It is a resident frugivore found mainly in tropical Asia. It feeds on fruits and small insects and they conspicuously perch on trees and their calls are a loud three or four note call. The distinctive crest and the red-vent and whiskers makes them easy to identify. They are very common in hill forests and urban gardens within its range.

The Red-whiskered Bulbul is 20 cm in length. It has brown upper-parts and whitish underparts with buff flanks and a dark spur running onto the breast at shoulder level. It has a tall pointed black crest, red face patch and thin black moustachial line. The tail is long and brown with white terminal feather tips, but the vent area is red. The life span is about 11 years.

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
  • Bengali:
    সিপাহি বুলবুল
  • French:
    Bulbul orphée
  • Gujarati:
    સિપાહી બુલબુલ
  • Hindi:
    पहाड़ी बुलबुल, कमेरा बुलबुल
  • Kannada:
    ಕೆಮ್ಮೀಸೆ ಪಿಕಳಾರ
  • Malayalam:
  • Marathi:
    शिपाई बुलबुल, नारद बुलबुल
  • Sanskrit:
    रक्त श्मश्रु गोवत्सक
  • Tamil:
    செம்மீசைச் சின்னான்
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Pycnonotus jocosus