Golden Greenbul

Taxobox
name = Golden Greenbul
status = LC | status_system = IUCN3.1


image_width =
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
ordo = Passeriformes
familia = Pycnonotidae
genus = "Calyptocichla"
genus_authority = Oberholser, 1905
species = "C. serina"
binomial = "Calyptocichla serina"
binomial_authority = (Verreaux & Verreaux, 1855)

The Golden Greenbul ("Calyptocichla serina") 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. 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)]

Physical description

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. Sinclair, Ian and Peter Ryan (2003) "Birds of Africa South of the Sahara" ISBN 1-86872-857-9]

Range and habitat

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

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