Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Fischer's Greenbul (Phyllastrephus fischeri)


French: Bulbul de Fischer German: Fischerbülbül Spanish: Bulbul de Fischer

Criniger Fischeri


, 1879,

Muniuni, near mouth of Tana River, Kenya


In the past treated as conspecific with P. cabanisi. Biometric data for present species indicate a N–S cline of increasing size and weight. Monotypic.


S Somalia (lower R Jubba), coastal Kenya (extending inland along lower R Tana and to Rabai and Shimba), E Tanzania (coastal region, inland to E Usambaras, E Ulugurus and Udzungwas) and NE Mozambique.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; male 29–39 g, female 22–33 g. A distinctive white-throated, pale-eyed greenbul. Lores and ear-coverts are light olive-brown, some light streaking... read more


Calls include harsh scolding “churr” notes and explosive “pidi-tit”; contact call “prurrit prurrit... read more


Lowland evergreen forest (including small patches is savanna), dense woodland and coastal thicket;... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Found in pairs or in small groups of 3–7 individuals; sometimes joins mixed flocks, and recently found in parts of... read more


Birds in breeding condition in Apr and Dec in Kenya, and in Jan–May and Oct–Nov (from beginning of short rains until end of... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to abundant over much of its range. No recent records from Somalia, possibly now extinct. No recent information from N Mozambique. Protected... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2020). Fischer's Greenbul (Phyllastrephus fischeri). 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).