Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Near Threatened

Montane Tiny Greenbul (Phyllastrephus albigula)


French: Bulbul des Usambara German: Usambarabülbül Spanish: Bulbul chico montano

Macrosphenus albigula


, 1919,

Mlalo, near Wilhelmstal, Usambara


Until recently considered conspecific with P. debilis, but species rank accorded on basis of genetic differences#R and its grey-tinged white throat (1); greyer breast sides (1); lack of yellow in underparts (1); darker, more olive-toned flanks (ns[1]); duller green upperparts (ns[1]); darker bill (ns[1]); larger size (published data#R indicate mean male wing 73.5 mm vs 68.3 in rabai; allow 2); parapatric distribution (3). Monotypic.

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Usambara Mts, Nguru Mts and Nguu Mts, in E Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; male 13·7–19 g, female 12·9–16·6 g. Adult has grey forehead, with strong olive-green wash to crown and hindneck, somewhat darker upperparts; throat washed greyish,... read more


Alarm or contact call a gurgling “chrrrrrr”; also a soft but explosive “tut” as contact when... read more


Primarily confined to mature forest, above 600 m, to 1600 m in Nguru Mts and to 2150 m in West... read more

Food and feeding

Data on this species’ diet and foraging behaviour are extremely few, but to date there is no information to suggest that these differ... read more


Nothing known.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: confined to a small part of the Tanzania–Malawi mountains EBA. Population unknown,... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Montane Tiny Greenbul (Phyllastrephus albigula). 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 24 February 2020).