Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Bearded Greenbul (Criniger chloronotus)


French: Bulbul à dos vert German: Graubrust-Haarbülbül Spanish: Bulbul dorsiverde

Trichophorus chloronotus


, 1859,

Camma River, Gabon


Often considered conspecific with C. barbatus (which see). Proposed race weileri (Ituri, in NE DRCongo) described on basis of somewhat darker overall coloration, but not satisfactorily distinguishable, as variation not constant. Monotypic.


Extreme SE Nigeria E to SW Central African Republic, S to N Angola (Cabinda) and extreme W DRCongo; also N & E DRCongo (S to Itombwe) E to extreme W Uganda.

Descriptive notes

c. 22 cm; 39–54 g. Large bulbul with heavy bill, conspicuous long white throat feathers often puffed out, lax crown feathers raised in display. Head feathers are dark... read more


Soft, quavering, mournful 2-note song, “houuu-wuuuuuuuh”, second note higher-pitched... read more


Evergreen and semi-deciduous forest and swamp-forest; mainly in lowlands, but recorded to 1800 m in... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods, including orthopterans and beetles (Coleoptera); also some fruit. Usually in shy but noisy groups of 3–5 individuals, in... read more


Aug and Nov–Mar (mainly in Dec–Mar short dry season) in Gabon; laying recorded Dec–May, but breeding throughout year... read more


Sedentary within apparently large home range; of 23 individuals ringed in Gabon, only five were... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread and generally fairly common. Estimated density in Gabon 7–8 groups/km². Occurs in a number of national parks, including those... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2020). Eastern Bearded Greenbul (Criniger chloronotus). 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 27 February 2020).