Flame-throated bulbul

Flame-throated bulbul

Rubigula gularis

The flame-throated bulbul is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds and the state bird of Goa. It is found only in the forests of the Western Ghats in southern India. Formerly included as a subspecies of Pycnonotus flaviventris it has since been elevated to the status of a full species. They are olive backed with yellow undersides, a triangular orange-red throat and a white iris that stands out against the contrasting black head. They are usually seen foraging in groups in the forest canopy for berries and small insects. They have a call often with two or three tinkling notes that can sound similar to those produced by the red-whiskered bulbul. The species has been referred to by names in the past such as ruby-throated bulbul and black-headed bulbul, but these are ambiguous and could apply to other species such as Rubigula flaviventris and R. dispar.

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1. Flame-throated bulbul Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flame-throated_bulbul
2. Flame-throated bulbul on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/103826116/104339313

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