Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Ansorge's Greenbul (Eurillas ansorgei)


French: Bulbul d’Ansorge German: Ansorgebülbül Spanish: Bulbul de Ansorge

Andropadus ansorgei

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1907,

Degama, southern Nigeria


Close to E. gracilis. Similarities in appearance both to that species and to E. curvirostris have resulted in much confusion, which has obscured the status of each; consequently, distribution of nominate race uncertain in many areas. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. a. ansorgei (E. J. O. Hartert, 1907) – W Guinea E to Togo, SC Nigeria E to W Central African Republic and S Congo, NE, E & C DRCongo; also extreme SW Uganda.
  • E. a. kavirondensis (van Someren, 1920) – W Kenya.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 16 cm; male 19–21 g, female c. 20 g (nominate), male 17–19 g, female 17–23g (kavirondensis). Small, short-tailed greenbul. Nominate race has top... read more


    Song “wheet-whuut-whit”, “tiu-wheet-tweet” or “hweet tyu-hoo hweet... read more


    Primary and mature secondary evergreen and semi-deciduous forest. Common in dry inselberg forests... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits, including Allophylus, Macaranga and Musanga, and seeds; also insects, including orthopterans, beetles (... read more


    Nesting recorded in May, birds in breeding condition in Jul and Oct and dependent fledgling seen in Jan in Liberia; in May, Jul and Oct... read more


    Little information; believed to be sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Status uncertain; considered uncommon to locally common, but situation unclear owing to continuing confusion with E. gracilis. Occurs in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2020). Ansorge's Greenbul (Eurillas ansorgei). 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 23 February 2020).