The family is distributed across most of Africa and into the Middle East, tropical Asia to Indonesia, and north as far as Japan. The word bulbul may have come from a Turkish or Persian word for nightingale. There are more than 150 species in 27 genera – many forest species are known as greenbuls, brownbuls, leafloves, or bristlebills.
See also: Black bulbul, Red-vented bulbul,
Red-whiskered Bulbul, White-cheeked or Himalayan Bulbul, Yellow-vented bulbul