Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Cameroon Olive Greenbul (Phyllastrephus poensis)


French: Bulbul olivâtre German: Bamendabülbül Spanish: Bulbul de Fernando Póo
Other common names: Bioko Greenbul

Phyllostrophus [sic] poensis


, 1903,

Bakaki, Bioko




Highlands of SW Nigeria (Obudu and Mambilla Plateaux) and CW Cameroon (Tchabal Mbabo S to Mt Cameroon), and Bioko.

Descriptive notes

c. 18 cm; male 28–32 g, female 24–25 g. Medium-sized, relatively long-tailed, plain-looking greenbul with relatively long and fine bill. Lores and side of face... read more


Song a series of unmusical notes, “chewp chop chop chip chewp chip cher”, and loud, scolding “kweep... read more


Mid-altitude and montane forest between 750 m and 2200 m.

Food and feeding

Insectivorous; some fruit also eaten. Occurs in pairs or small (family?) groups; regularly joins mixed-species parties e.g. at Dorylus... read more


Nesting recorded in Nov–Apr (mainly Nov–Jan, in dry season) in Cameroon, in Dec (and immature noted in Jun) in Nigeria, and Nov... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. Fairly widespread and not uncommon within its small range; recently rediscovered to be... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Cameroon Olive Greenbul (Phyllastrephus poensis). 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 19 August 2019).