Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)


Yellow-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus xantholaemus)


French: Bulbul à menton jaune German: Goldkehlbülbül Spanish: Bulbul gorjigualdo

Brachypus xantholaemus


, 1845,

Eastern Ghats west of Nellore, India


A rather aberrant species, with no obvious close relative; its generic placement requires further study. Monotypic.


S India: S Deccan Plateau in E Karnataka, S Andhra Pradesh and N Tamil Nadu.

Descriptive notes

20 cm. A medium-sized, rather silvery, pallid, unobtrusive bulbul. Crown, nape, cheeks, ear-coverts and sides of neck are yellowish olive, mantle, back and scapulars to... read more


Song a rich, low, burbling, warbling series, individual notes very quick, at first rising and then... read more


Usually found on rocky wooded hillsides and isolated hillocks at 600–1300 m. Frequents slopes... read more

Food and feeding

Diet berries, also insects. Berries include especially those from shrubs such as Erythroxylon and Scutia, also from other... read more


Breeds May–Jul. Nest built by female, in one case taking eight days, in another only three days, a large, untidy, clumsy structure (... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: confined to the Southern Deccan Plateau Secondary Area. Common at some sites, but extremely local. One old record from Kerala; may occur... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L., Tobias, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Yellow-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus xantholaemus). 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 28 February 2020).