Red-whiskered Bulbul

Other Names

Turaha pigli-pitta (Telugu), Sipahi bulbul (Bengali), Phari-bulbul/Kanera bulbu (Hindi).


Tropical Asia - from Pakistan and India through to southeastern Asia and China


The Red-whiskered Bulbul measure about 20 cm (7 in.) in length, including the tail.

The plumage above is mostly brown. Below they are whitish with buff-colored flanks and a broken dark chest band (that may be nearly complete in some subspecies).

They have a tall pointed black crest, red face patch and thin black moustachial line. The tail is long and brown with white tips (some subspecies lack the white tips). The vent area is red.

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Red-whiskered Bulbul