Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Joyful Greenbul (Chlorocichla laetissima)


French: Bulbul joyeux German: Dotterbülbül Spanish: Bulbul alegre

Andropadus laetissimus


, 1899,

Nandi, Kenya


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. laetissima (Sharpe, 1899) – extreme S South Sudan (Imatong Mts), NE DRCongo (Lendu Plateau S to highlands W of L Edward), W Uganda and SW Kenya.
  • C. l. schoutedeni Prigogine, 1954 – E DRCongo (Mt Kabobo, Marungu Highlands) and extreme N Zambia (Kasangu).
  • Descriptive notes

    20–21 cm; male 47–54 g, female 43–55 g. A large, distinctive golden-olive greenbul. Nominate race has lores and short stiff feathering around base of upper... read more


    Song a boisterous, cheerful, bubbling chatter lasting 4–5 seconds, “chuck-chuck-chweek-kweek-... read more


    Mid-altitude and montane evergreen primary and secondary forest, gallery forest and isolated forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Berries and seeds. Nestling of captive pair fed with fruit and “live food”, including moth (Lepidoptera). Occurs in monospecific flocks of... read more


    Nesting recorded in Mar in Sudan and Jul in Kenya. Displaying bird pumps tail, droops wings and puffs out throat feathers when singing. No... read more


    No information; probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common; distribution patchy, absent from many seemingly suitable areas. Known from a number of protected areas, including Imatong... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Joyful Greenbul (Chlorocichla laetissima). 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 21 August 2019).