Yellow-throated leaflove

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Yellow-throated leaflove
Yellow-throated leaflove (Atimastillas flavicollis flavigula).jpg
Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Atimastillas
Oberholser, 1905
A. flavicollis
Binomial name
Atimastillas flavicollis
(Swainson, 1837)
Atimastillas flavicollis distribution map.png
  • Chlorocichla flavicollis
  • Criniger flavicollis
  • Haematornis flavicollis
  • Ixus flavicollis
  • Pycnonotus flavicollis
  • Trichophorus flavicollis
  • Xenocichla flavicollis

The yellow-throated leaflove (Atimastillas flavicollis) is a species of leaflove in the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is the only species of the monotypic genus Atimastillas. The yellow-throated leaflove is found in western and central Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, moist savanna, and subtropical or tropical moist shrubland.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The yellow-throated leaflove was originally described in the genus Haematornis (a synonym for Pycnonotus) and later classified within Chlorocichla before being moved to the genus Atimastillas in 2010.[2] Not all authorities have adopted this latest genus change. Formerly, various authorities have classified the yellow-throated leaflove in several other genera, including Criniger, Ixus and Xenocichla (a synonym for Bleda).[3] Alternatively, some authorities have classified the yellow-throated leaflove as synonymous with the yellow-throated greenbul.[4] Alternate names for the yellow-throated leaflove include the mango bulbul, yellowthroat and yellow-throated greenbul. The alternate name 'yellowthroat' is not to be confused with the species of the genus Geothlypis.


Three subspecies are recognized:[5]

  • A. f. flavicollis - (Swainson, 1837): Found from Senegal and Gambia to northern Cameroon and north-western Central African Republic
  • Bosum yellow-throated greenbul (A. f. soror) - (Neumann, 1914): Also named the Congo white-throated leaflove. Found from central Cameroon to west-central Ethiopia and central Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Uganda yellow-throated greenbul (A. f. flavigula) - (Cabanis, 1880): Originally described as a separate species in the genus Trichophorus (a synonym for Criniger) and Xenocichla (a synonym for Bleda). Found from Angola, south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo to Uganda, western Kenya and western Tanzania


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Atimastillas flavicollis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T103817373A94351634. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103817373A94351634.en.
  2. ^ "Taxonomy Version 2 « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  3. ^ Catalogue of the Birds in the British Museum: Passeriformes, or perching birds. Cichlomorphœ: pt. III-IV, containing the ... family Timeliidœ (babbling-thrushes) by R.B. Sharpe. order of the Trustees. 1881-01-01.
  4. ^ "Atimastillas flavicollis - Avibase". Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  5. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-04-16.