Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Black-collared Bulbul (Neolestes torquatus)


French: Bulbul à collier noir German: Boabülbül Spanish: Bulbul acollarado

Neolestes torquatus


, 1875,

Chinchoxo, Angola




Extreme S & SE Gabon and C & S Congo S to NW & N Angola (Cabinda, and S to Huambo and Moxico), SC & E DRCongo (including, in E, Idjwi I and from near Mt Kabobo S to Marungu Highlands), NW Rwanda and extreme NW Zambia.

Descriptive notes

c. 16 cm; male 20–23·5 g, female 20–27 g. A handsome, unmistakable, shrike-like bulbul. Has forehead to neck grey, broad glossy black band from lores and... read more


Song a rapid subdued babble, somewhat resembling that of Pycnonotus barbatus but phrases... read more


Wooded grassland with 20–30% bush cover (mainly Annona senegalensis and ... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insectivorous but also some fruit. Occurs singly, in pairs, or in groups of up to four individuals (thought to be family parties).... read more


Nesting recorded in Aug–Oct and Dec–Jan (juveniles Dec–Feb) in DRCongo and Oct and Jan in Zambia; birds in breeding... read more


Little information; probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally considered common. Estimated density in Odzala National Park, in PRCongo, 4–5 pairs/km². Occurs in a number of protected areas,... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L., Tobias, J. & de Juana, E. (2018). Black-collared Bulbul (Neolestes torquatus). 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 17 March 2018).