Bird feeding on berries - possibly a hybrid? See comment.

Bird feeding on berries - possibly a hybrid? See comment.
Species: White-spectacled Bulbul   Pycnonotus xanthopygos
Author: Lutz Duerselen
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Added to IBC: 18 Feb 2018 - 19:45
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Altitude (m): 
39 meters
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I am not an expert, but the distinct grey spot on the bird's cheek is usually not seen in Pycnonotus xanthopygos. May be it hybridizes with White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucotis)? I observed a couple of birds at this location and they all showed the grey spot. Expert's opinions highly appreciated!

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Lutz Duerselen, IBC1471477. Accessible at

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Lutz Duerselen, IBC1471477. Photo of White-spectacled Bulbul Pycnonotus xanthopygos at Ash Sharqiyah Governorate, Oman. Accessible at

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