Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Flame-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus gularis)


French: Bulbul à gorge rubis German: Orangekehlbülbül Spanish: Bulbul gorjinaranja

Brachypus gularis


, 1836,

Travancore [= Kerala], India


See P. melanicterus (above). Monotypic.


Western Ghats S from extreme S Maharashtra and Goa, in SW India.

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm. A slim, noisy, relatively inconspicuous bulbul with very short, ragged occipital crest, relatively short, very slightly rounded tail. Head, including crest,... read more


Song a sweet, hurried, very musical, rather high-pitched stuttering but emphatic series, e.g.... read more


Evergreen foothill forest, especially in lower-edge ecotone with drier formations, in thorny bamboo... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on figs (Ficus ) and other fruit, and insects. Often in small flocks, which seem to keep more to dense cover; much less... read more


Season Jan–Aug, mainly Feb–Apr. Nest a small neat cup of dead leaves (often yellow or orange), bound lightly with cobweb and... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon, but locally fairly common (e.g. in S Kanara). Relatively scarce in N of range, but thought still to be common in Goa; generally... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Flame-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus gularis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 August 2019).