Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Yellow-throated Greenbul (Chlorocichla flavicollis) - HBW 10, p. 207

French: Bulbul à gorge claire German: Gelbkehlbülbül Spanish: Bulbul Gorgiamarillo
Other common names: Yellow-throated Leaflove

Taxonomy: Haematornis flavicollis Swainson, 1837, West Africa.
Despite generic placement, appears on basis of voice and behaviour to be closest to Thescelocichla leucopleura and Pyrrhurus scandens. Has been suggested that nominate race and soror may represent two different species, as the two occur to within 50 km of each other in Cameroon, but with no intergrades known; in addition, some vocal differences exist, and nominate in Mali recently shown not to respond to playback of song of soror; further study needed. Racial identity of population in NW Central African Republic uncertain, tentatively placed in nominate. Proposed r.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Haematornis flavicollis Swainson, 1837, West Africa.
Despite generic placement, appears on basis of voice and behaviour to be closest to Thescelocichla leucopleura and Pyrrhurus scandens. Has been suggested that nominate race and soror may represent two different species, as the two occur to within 50 km of each other in Cameroon, but with no intergrades known; in addition, some vocal differences exist, and nominate in Mali recently shown not to respond to playback of song of soror; further study needed. Racial identity of population in NW Central African Republic uncertain, tentatively placed in nominate. Proposed race simplicicolor (E Cameroon) considered not safely distinguishable from soror; pallidigula (described from Entebbe, in Uganda) on average rather darker overall than flavigula, but not satisfactorily separable from it. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • flavicollis (Swainson, 1837) - Senegambia and SW Mali E to Nigeria, N Cameroon (Adamaoua Plateau) and NW Central Africa Republic, S to Sierra Leone, N Ivory Coast, SE Ghana and S Benin.
  • soror (Neumann, 1914) - NC Cameroon (Tibati) E to S Central African Republic and SW Sudan, S to PRCongo and C DRCongo (S to N Kasai and N Maniema); also WC Ethiopia.
  • flavigula (Cabanis, 1880) - Angola, SE & E DRCongo (S from S Kasai, S Maniema and Kivu), Uganda, W Kenya and W Tanzania.

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