Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)


Angola Greenbul (Phyllastrephus viridiceps)


French: Bulbul du Kwanza German: Ockerkehlbülbül Spanish: Bulbul angoleño

Phyllastrephus albigularis viridiceps


, 1955,

Cantele, Qual Sul River, 30 km west of Camabatela, Angola


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. albigularis, but differs in its clearer greenish vs dull olive-greyish crown and ear-coverts (1); pale yellowish vs whitish throat (1); yellower lower mandible (1); duller brown, less rufous tail (ns[1]); notably distinct vocabulary, with principally nasal overslurred calls vs guttural rattled contact calls (at least 2) and in presumed song a repeated trisyllabic melodious note, “pu-puh-weeh!”, vs a variable, very burry single note (at least 2)#R. Monotypic.

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NW Angola (Cuanza Norte, N Cuanza Sul).

Descriptive notes

c. 17 cm. Adult has crown washed green showing little contrast with back, upperparts on average greener than formerly conspecific P. albigularis, less rufous-... read more


The presumed song is a repeated trisyllabic melodious note, “pu-puh-weeh!”. Other vocalizations... read more


Inhabits dense undergrowth of primary and secondary Guinea forest, edges of clearings and along... read more

Food and feeding

No information, but diet and foraging behaviour presumably similar to those of P. albigularis.


Nothing known, except one bird in breeding condition collected in mid Feb.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: confined to the Western Angola EBA, a region under intense threat including large-scale logging along parts of the northern scarp.... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Angola Greenbul (Phyllastrephus viridiceps). 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 16 November 2019).