Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Joyful Greenbul (Chlorocichla laetissima)


Taxonomy

French: Bulbul joyeux German: Dotterbülbül Spanish: Bulbul alegre
Taxonomy:

Andropadus laetissimus

Sharpe

, 1899,

Nandi, Kenya

.

Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. laetissima (Sharpe, 1899) – extreme S South Sudan (Imatong Mts), NE DRCongo (Lendu Plateau S to highlands W of L Edward), W Uganda and SW Kenya.
  • C. l. schoutedeni Prigogine, 1954 – E DRCongo (Mt Kabobo, Marungu Highlands) and extreme N Zambia (Kasangu).
  • Descriptive notes

    20–21 cm; male 47–54 g, female 43–55 g. A large, distinctive golden-olive greenbul. Nominate race has lores and short stiff feathering around base of upper... read more

    Voice

    Song a boisterous, cheerful, bubbling chatter lasting 4–5 seconds, “chuck-chuck-chweek-kweek-... read more

    Habitat

    Mid-altitude and montane evergreen primary and secondary forest, gallery forest and isolated forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Berries and seeds. Nestling of captive pair fed with fruit and “live food”, including moth (Lepidoptera). Occurs in monospecific flocks of... read more

    Breeding

    Nesting recorded in Mar in Sudan and Jul in Kenya. Displaying bird pumps tail, droops wings and puffs out throat feathers when singing. No... read more

    Movements

    No information; probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common; distribution patchy, absent from many seemingly suitable areas. Known from a number of protected areas, including Imatong... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2017). Joyful Greenbul (Chlorocichla laetissima). 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 http://www.hbw.com/node/57978 on 25 September 2017).