Red-eyed Bulbul

Scientific Name:
Pycnonotus brunneus
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Red-eyed Bulbul

The Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus) is a species of bird found in parts of Africa.


Red-eyed Bulbuls inhabit a variety of habitats, including forests, woodlands, savannas, and scrublands. They are often found in areas with dense vegetation, including both primary and secondary growth forests, as well as edges of forests and clearings. These bulbuls are also commonly seen in gardens, parks, and urban areas with suitable vegetation. They are adaptable birds and can be found in both lowland and montane habitats.


Red-eyed Bulbuls are medium-sized birds, measuring approximately 18 to 20 centimeters (7 to 8 inches) in length. They have a stocky body, a short tail, and a relatively large head. Their plumage is predominantly brown or grayish-brown on the upperparts, with paler underparts and a distinctive red eye-ring that gives them their name. They have a contrasting white patch on the wings and a yellow or orange vent. Best Viewing The best places to view Red-eyed Bulbuls are in habitats with dense vegetation and suitable foraging areas, such as forests, woodlands, and gardens. Look for them perched in the canopy or moving through the undergrowth in search of food. These bulbuls are often seen feeding on fruits, berries, insects, and other small prey items.