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Photo by scottishdude
The Gambia, March 2010
Atimastillas flavicollis

Alternative name: Yellow-throated Leaflove

Identification

22.5cm (8¾ in). A large, noisy non-forest bulbul.

  • Bright yellow throat contrasting with dark-olive brown head and olive-grey underparts
  • Dark olive-brown upperparts and tail

Females are smaller than males.
Juveniles are darker overall and have a whitish throat.

Distribution

Found in Western Africa, Central Africa and eastern parts of Western Africa.
Locally common in parts of its range.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Three subspecies recognized[1]:

Formerly placed in genus Chlorocichla.

Habitat

Open woodland, gallery forest, orchard-bush, thickets, riparian bushes and scrub.
Lowlands and medium elevations. Up to 1800m in Cameroon, up to 2300m in East Africa.

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds on fruit. Takes also some insects.
Usually seen in small family parties, sometimes in pairs, rarely alone. A rather shy species.

Breeding

Breeding season differs through range. Probably a co-operative breeder. The nest is a cup of small twigs, rootlets, leaf stems and dry leaves. It's placed 2 to 10m above the ground in a tree fork concealed by dense foliage. Lays 2 eggs. parasitised by Red-chested Cuckoo.

Vocalisation

Call: single note call, rather yappy, repeated every few seconds.

Movements

A sedentary species.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2005. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 10: Cuckoo-Shrikes to Thrushes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334726
  3. BF Member observations

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