Family Nicators (Nicatoridae)

Least Concern

Yellow-throated Nicator (Nicator vireo)


French: Nicator à gorge jaune German: Gelbkehl-Tropfenvogel Spanish: Conquistador gorjiamarillo

Nicator Vireo


, 1876,

Chinchoxo, Angola




W & S Cameroon, SW Central African Republic and N & W Congo S to N Angola, also W, SW, NE & E DRCongo and extreme W Uganda.

Descriptive notes

c. 16–18 cm; male 21–26 g, one female 23·5 g. Small, shrike-like bulbul with relatively heavy hooked bill, conspicuous yellow spots on wings, feathering of... read more


Song, from dense cover, a loud, far-carrying series of 8–11 resonant, explosive notes,... read more


Primary forest and old secondary forest, also abandoned cultivation and beside logging roads once... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods, including orthopterans, mantids, beetles (Coleoptera) and caterpillars. Usually solitary, in territorial pairs. Extremely shy... read more


Nesting recorded in Oct in Cameroon and Dec–Mar (but extended season suspected) in Gabon; birds in breeding condition in Feb and Jul... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not uncommon to common. Estimated densities in Gabon 1 pair/20 ha in primary forest and 2–3 pairs/10 ha at forest edge. Occurs in a number of... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2020). Yellow-throated Nicator (Nicator vireo). 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 February 2020).