Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Northern Brownbul (Phyllastrephus strepitans)


French: Bulbul brun German: Braunbülbül Spanish: Bulbul pardo

Criniger strepitans


, 1879,

Malindi, Kenya




SE South Sudan, C, S & SE Ethiopia, S Somalia, N & NE Uganda, Kenya and NE Tanzania; isolated population in SW Sudan (Jebel Marra).

Descriptive notes

15–18 cm; male 19–29 g, female 17–24 g. A medium-sized, predominantly brown pycnonotid, undistinguished in appearance, tail rather more graduated than that... read more


Song a harsh, rapid chatter, penetrating and insistent, “skrrrk-skrrrk-kk-kk-kk-kk-kk…” or “... read more


Forest edge, open woodland, wooded grassland, evergreen and deciduous thicket, riverine bush and... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and fruit, including Lantana and Rhus. Occurs in pairs or small groups; members of group cross open spaces one... read more


Nesting recorded in Jan–Feb in Sudan, May in Ethiopia, Jan and Jun in Kenya; birds in breeding condition in May in Uganda and in Aug... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to locally abundant. Across much of its range inhabits dry scrub, a habitat under little threat. Well represented in protected areas,... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2020). Northern Brownbul (Phyllastrephus strepitans). 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 4 April 2020).