Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Near Threatened

Grey-headed Greenbul (Phyllastrephus poliocephalus)


French: Bulbul à ventre jaune German: Goldbauchbülbül Spanish: Bulbul ventriamarillo

Xenocichla poliocephala


, 1892,

Buea, 1200 m, Mount Cameroon, Cameroon




Extreme SE Nigeria (Obudu Plateau) and W Cameroon (Banyang Mbo and Mt Manengouba S to Mt Cameroon).

Descriptive notes

20–23 cm; male c. 54·5–65 g, female c. 37·8 g. Large, distinctive montane greenbul. Top of head and neck are grey, side of face grey, indistinct pale loral line,... read more


Calls include loud, sharp, repeated “churp” or “tyow”, often repeated, and fast “churp-p-p” or “... read more


Mature mid-altitude forest between 500 m and 1800 m, rarely to 2000 m; on Mt Kupé (Cameroon) most... read more

Food and feeding

Insectivorous. Usually occurs in small, noisy, boisterous, mobile groups, more rarely singly; frequent and conspicuous member of mixed-... read more


In Cameroon, nest with young (Mt Kupé, at 2000 m) in Apr, dependent juvenile in Mar and immatures Jan–Feb, and birds in breeding... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. Common in suitable habitat within its small range... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2020). Grey-headed Greenbul (Phyllastrephus poliocephalus). 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 17 January 2020).