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Yellow-throated Greenbul

From Opus

Photo by scottishdudeThe Gambia, March 2010
Photo by scottishdude
The Gambia, March 2010
Atimastillas flavicollis

Alternative name: Yellow-throated Leaflove


[edit] 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.

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Three subspecies recognized[1]:

Formerly placed in genus Chlorocichla.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

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

[edit] 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.

[edit] Vocalisation

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

[edit] Movements

A sedentary species.

[edit] 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
  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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