Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Data Deficient

Liberian Greenbul (Phyllastrephus leucolepis)


French: Bulbul du Libéria German: Fleckflügelbülbül Spanish: Bulbul de Liberia

Phyllastrephus leucolepis


, 1985,

20 km NW of Zwedru, near Cavalla River, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia


Status as species accepted tentatively here, but relationship with P. icterinus, to which it is identical in appearance except for whitish subterminal spots on wing-coverts and remiges, puzzling; recent searches at type locality proved fruitless#R, and results of ongoing attempts to extract and compare genetic material awaited with interest. Monotypic.


Two forest patches 20 km NW of Zwedru, in E Liberia.

Descriptive notes

c. 16 cm. Small greenbul with yellow throat. Lores and ear-coverts are palish olive-green with some yellowish streaking, inconspicuous yellowish eyering; top of head and... read more




Forest in transition zone between evergreen and semi-deciduous types.

Food and feeding

Little information. Observed singly or in pairs; joins mixed-species flocks. Forages mainly between 4 m and 8 m, often in branches close to... read more


No information.


No information; likely resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. Restricted-range species: present in Upper Guinea Forests EBA. Known only from the damaged type specimen (sex... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L., Tobias, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2017). Liberian Greenbul (Phyllastrephus leucolepis). 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 18 November 2017).