Flame-throated bulbul

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Flame-throated bulbul
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Flame-throated bulbul at Dandeli, India
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Pycnonotus
Species: P. gularis
Binomial name
Pycnonotus gularis
(Gould, 1836)
  • Brachypus gularis
  • Pycnonotus melanicterus gularis

The flame-throated bulbul (Pycnonotus gularis) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is found in southwestern India.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Until 2008, the flame-throated bulbul was considered as conspecific with the black-capped, black-crested, ruby-throated bulbul and Bornean bulbuls. Some authorities have considered the flame-throated bulbul to be a subspecies of the black-capped bulbul.[2]


The flame-throated bulbul is virtually crestless, has an orange-red throat and whitish eyes.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The flame-throated bulbul is a bird of forest and dense scrub. It builds its nest in a bush; two to four eggs is a typical clutch.

Behaviour and ecology[edit]

The flame-throated bulbul often keeps in small flocks and favours lantana berries. It inhabits evergreen forests, lantana thickets, and bushes along rivers. The flame-throated bulbul feeds on fruit and insects.



  • Birds of India by Grimmett, Inskipp and Inskipp, ISBN 0-691-04910-6
  • Rasmussen, P.C., and J.C. Anderton. (2005). Birds of South Asia. The Ripley Guide. Volume 2: Attributes and Status. Smithsonian Institution and Lynx Edicions, Washington D.C. and Barcelona.