Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Near Threatened

Green-tailed Bristlebill (Bleda eximius)


French: Bulbul à queue verte German: Grünschwanz-Borstenbülbül Spanish: Bulbul coliverde

Trichophorus eximius


, 1855,

Dabocrom, Ghana


Formerly treated as conspecific with B. notatus (with ugandae), but acoustic and morphological studies indicate that the two are separate species (taxonomic confusion resulted in uncertainty over which of the two was involved in published observations in some of the earlier literature); present treatment strongly supported by recent genetic data#R. Monotypic.


Sierra Leone E to SW Ghana.

Descriptive notes

21·5–23 cm; male 46–52·5 g, female 42–46·5 g. Stocky, handsome bulbul, with strong bill, well-developed rictal bristles. Side of face is olive-green, darker... read more


Song a series of pure, vibrant whistled notes, “hee-huu-huu-hu-heeu”, rather similar in tone to... read more


Lowland evergreen and semi-deciduous forest and older secondary forest; rarely to 1450 m in Liberia.

Food and feeding

Arthropods, including beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Hymenoptera), caterpillars, spiders (Araneae) and millipedes (Diplopoda); also small... read more


In Liberia, fledgling observed in Oct, peak vocal activity Aug–Oct and birds in breeding condition in Jun–Aug, Oct and Dec; in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Upper Guinea Forests EBA. Generally rare throughout its range; locally... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Green-tailed Bristlebill (Bleda eximius). 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).