303. Pycnonotus gularis.
The Ruby-throated Bulbul.
Brachypus gularis, Gotdd, V. Z. S. 1835, p. 186; Wold. Ibis, 186(5, p. 423. Brachypus rubineus, Jerdon, Madr. Journ. L. S. x, p. 246 (1839) ; id. Illustr. Ind. Orn. pl. xxxvii. Pycnonotus gularis (Gould), Blyth, Cat. p. 211; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 245. Rubigula gularis (Gould), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 87; Hume, Cat. no. 455; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 167 ; Butler, S. F. ix, p. 402 ; Davison, S. F. x, p. 384; Maegregor, S. F. x, p. 439 ; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 186.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, nape, sides of the head, and the extreme point of the chin black; throat ruby-red, the feathers long and rather bristly; upper plumage yellowish green; wings brown, the outer webs yellowish green; tail the same; lower plumage bright yellow; under wing-coverts and edge of wing yellow.
The nestling has the throat brownish, but it acquires the red feathers at a very early age.
Iris pale cream ; bill and claws black; legs and feet blackish plumbeous (Davison); iris light yellow (Jerdon).
Length nearly 7; tail 3; wing 3 ; tarsus .55 ; bill from gape .7.
Distribution. The western coast of India from Travancore up to about the latitude of Belgaum. This species appears to be rare and to frequent thick forest.