Golden greenbul

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Golden greenbul
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Calyptocichla
Oberholser, 1905
Species: C. serinus
Binomial name
Calyptocichla serinus
(Verreaux & Verreaux, 1855)

The golden greenbul (Calyptocichla serinus) is the only member of the Calyptocichla genus of greenbuls. It is not closely related to any of the other greenbul species, forming a separate clade from the two main clades which make up the bulbul family Pycnonotidae.[1]


The golden greenbul is brightly coloured for a greenbul due to its bright yellow belly and white throat; otherwise it is not particularly distinct in plumage, with unmarked olive upperparts, tail and wings. It has a long slender pinkish-brown bill, a feature not shared by other greenbuls.[2]

Range and habitat[edit]

The species is confined to forests in West Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it is common.[2]


  1. ^ Moyle, Robert G. Ben D. Marks (2006) Phylogenetic relationships of the bulbuls (Aves: Pycnonotidae) based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 40 (3): Pages 687-695 doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2006.04.015 (HTML abstract)
  2. ^ a b Sinclair, Ian and Peter Ryan (2003) Birds of Africa South of the Sahara ISBN 1-86872-857-9