White-eared Bulbul – Dhahran Hills

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Whilst birding Dhahran I came across a with a very large grub in its beak. It was in the trees at the edge of the golf course, but would not come out fully into the open. is a very common species in Dhahran with the birds appearing to be of the subspecies mesopotamia found in Iraq and Kuwait as they have very yellow eye rings and a bigger white ear patch.

The subspecies that occurs elsewhere in including Riyadh, Tabuk, Wadi Dawasir, Sakaka and other areas in central and central western appear to be the Indian subspecies leucotis as birds are believed to have been introduced in these places.

The species is widespread through much of the country although does not occur in the southwest around Jizan where the similar is common. They are mainly a common resident breeding species where they occur.

White-eared Bulbul

 

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Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington is a keen birder and amateur photographer located in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia where he goes birding every day. Jem was born in England and is a serious local patch and local area birder who has been birding for almost forty years and has birded in more than fifty countries. Jem is learning to ring birds in Bahrain as a perfect way to learn more about the birds of the area. Saudi Arabia is a very much under-watched and under-recorded country.

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington is a keen birder and amateur photographer located in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia where he goes birding every day. Jem was born in England and is a serious local patch and local area birder who has been birding for almost forty years and has birded in more than fifty countries. Jem is learning to ring birds in Bahrain as a perfect way to learn more about the birds of the area. Saudi Arabia is a very much under-watched and under-recorded country.

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