White-browed Bulbul

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names


Native Habitat

Dry open scrub country


Fruits, Nectar, Insects


White-browed Bulbul

Pycnonotus luteolus

It is a resident breeder in Sri Lanka and peninsular India. Largely olive coloured above with whitish underparts, it has a pale supercilium and a yellow vent. They are found in dense scrub habitats, where they skulk within vegetation and can be difficult to see although their loud and distinct burst of calls is distinctive.

It has olive-grey upperparts and whitish underparts. This species is identifiable by the white supercilium, white crescent below the eye, and dark eyestripe and moustachial stripe. The vent is yellowish and there is some yellow on the chin and moustache.

Three or four hair-like filoplumes are present on the nape. Sexes are similar in plumage. 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 song is a rich, spluttering warble and the bird is more often heard than seen.

White-browed bulbuls are usually seen singly or in pairs. They forage within bushes for fruit, nectar and insects. The breeding season is spread out from March to September and may possibly breed twice a year. Peaks in breeding occur in February and again in September. The dry season of May to July appears to be avoided for breeding in the Point Calimere region. They build a nest, a loose cup made of twigs, cobwebs and hair placed low in a thick bush and usually on the periphery. Two eggs form the typical clutch.

Regional Names
  • Gujarati:
    સફેદ નૈના બુલબુલ
  • Kannada:
    ಬಿಳಿಹುಬ್ಬಿನ ಪಿಕಳಾರ
  • Malayalam:
    തവിടൻ ബുൾബുൾ
  • Marathi:
    खर बुलबुल, पांढऱ्या भुवईचा बुलबुल
  • Sanskrit:
    सितभ्रू गोवत्सक
  • Tamil:
    வெண்புருவக் கொண்டலாத்தி
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Pycnonotus luteolus

Quick Facts
  • This is endemic to southern India and Sri Lanka.