Common bulbuls are found in a myriad of different habitats such as woodlands, thickets, forest edges, wetlands, The common bulbul is monogamous until the partner dies, and quite territorial. Males will viciously defend the territory from intruding males. The female builds the nest, which is often situated on a small branch or between twigs towards the end of the canopy. It is created in the shape of a small cup and made out of dry grass and twigs, often with spider web in the outer layer. It is lined with finer plant material on the inside. Two or three eggs are laid and incubated by the female for 12-15 days while the male brings food. The female stays with the nest the first few days after hatching before she joins the male in search for food. The chicks stay in the nest for 11-16 days and then leave for the nearby branches before they can fully fly.