Golden greenbul

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Golden greenbul
Naturalis Biodiversity Center - RMNH.AVES.126271 1 - Calyptocichla serina (J. & E. Verreaux, 1855) - Pycnonotidae - bird skin specimen.jpeg
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)
Calyptocichla serina distribution map.png

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]

Same museum specimen as top right, now belly up, Naturalis


  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