Andropadus laetissimus Sharpe, 1899, Kenya. Two races recognized based on plumage.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Joyful bulbul; French: Bulbul joyeux; German: Dot-terbülbül; Spanish: Bulbul Feliz.
7.8 in (20 cm); 1.5-1.9 oz (43-55 g). One of the most brightly colored bulbuls, yellow-green upperparts, bright yellow chin and throat, golden-green underparts. Olive tail edged with yellow. Sexes alike. Juvenile washed-out brown, greenish under-parts.
Endemic; Sudan, eastern Zaire, western Uganda, northern Zambia.
Open parts of primary and secondary forest, forest edges at altitudes of 3,150-7,000 ft (1,050-2,300 m).
Sociable, forages in small flocks of four to eight birds, with noisy, bubbling, chatter. Song described as pleasant and energetic, call a sharp "chik" or "chak."
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Eats berries and seeds, often forages in groups. Prefers low and intermediate levels, less often in canopy and undergrowth.
Unknown in wild. In captivity builds typical cuplike nest of rootlets, grasses, and Spanish moss. Young cared for by both parents, fed live insects and fruit.
Not threatened. Common locally but patchy distribution.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦
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