Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Honeyguide Greenbul (Baeopogon indicator)


French: Bulbul à queue blanche German: Indikatorbülbül Spanish: Bulbul indicador

Criniger indicator

J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux

, 1855,



Proposed race togoensis (E Ghana and Togo) not satisfactorily distinguishable from leucurus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. i. leucurus (Cassin, 1855) – W Guinea E to Togo. Possibly this race also in S Benin#R.
  • B. i. indicator (J. P. Verreaux & J. B. É. Verreaux, 1855) – SW & C Nigeria (N to Jos Plateau) E to S South Sudan and W Kenya, S to N Angola, S DRCongo and extreme NW Zambia.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 19 cm; male 44–53 g, female 40–48 g. A stocky, medium-sized greenbul with pale eyes, mostly white outer tail feathers (flashed conspicuously in flight,... read more


    Distinctive; main song a clear, vigorous turdid-like whistle comprising a series of 8–10... read more


    Evergreen and semi-deciduous forest, both primary and secondary, gallery forest; fond of edges and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Berries and other fruit, including Ficus, Croton, Heisteria, Macaranga, Musanga, Rauwolfia... read more


    Nesting observed in Jun (but thought to breed most of year) in DRCongo and Nov in Gabon; nest-building recorded in Mar in E Africa; birds... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common and widespread across its range. Estimated densities 4–10 pairs/km² in Liberia and 6–8 pairs/km² in Gabon, and 1 bird/10 ha... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Honeyguide Greenbul (Baeopogon indicator). 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 June 2019).