Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Golden Greenbul (Calyptocichla serinus)


French: Bulbul doré German: Goldbülbül Spanish: Bulbul dorado

Criniger serinus

J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux

, 1855,



Specific name sometimes given as serina, but the epithet is a noun and invariable#R. Monotypic.


Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to Togo, and S Nigeria E to SW Central African Republic and S, including Bioko, to W Congo and N Angola (Cabinda), also extreme W and parts of NC, NE & E DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

c. 18 cm; male 36·4–42 g, female 35–42·5 g. A medium-sized greenbul with distinctive golden coloration and pale bill. Plumage is wholly yellowish olive-green... read more


Song, given only during nesting period, a short, clear “tiup-chiweew”, stress on last syllable;... read more


Evergreen and semi-deciduous forest, both primary and secondary, isolated forest patches; often in... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit, including Ficus, Heisteria, Macaranga, Morinda, Ochthocosmus, Rauwolfia, ... read more


Nesting recorded in Mar and Apr in Cameroon, Dec–Feb (and birds in Breeding condition in Sept) in Gabon, and Jan and Nov in DRCongo;... read more


Highly mobile, thought to be nomadic over large areas.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread, but nowhere particularly common. Density in Gabon estimated at 10–12 individuals/km². Occurs in numerous national parks, including... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Golden Greenbul (Calyptocichla serinus). 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 22 November 2019).