Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Pale-olive Greenbul (Phyllastrephus fulviventris)


French: Bulbul à ventre fauve German: Angolabülbül Spanish: Bulbul ventrirrufo

Phyllostrephus [sic] fulviventris


, 1876,

Chinchoxo, Loango Coast, Cabinda, Angola




Extreme W DRCongo and NW & W Angola (Cabinda, and from Uíge and Cuanza Norte S to W Huíla and N Namibe).

Descriptive notes

c. 19 cm; male 32–38 g, female 27–30 g. Undistinguished-looking greenbul. Head is olive-grey, palest on forehead, lores pale, conspicuous white broken eyering... read more


Burry, nasal chattering; alarm call said to be loud, sharp “tsik-tschirr-tschirr”.


Gallery forest, riparian thicket in dry Croton woodland, forest patches in savanna,... read more

Food and feeding

Little information; eats insects, including orthopterans. Forages mostly at low levels, including on ground, where searches in dead leaves... read more


Birds in breeding condition recorded in Aug–Sept. No other information.


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Poorly known; considered not uncommon overall, but its status is unclear. Reports that it occurs in coastal SW Gabon are unconfirmed. Known to to... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Pale-olive Greenbul (Phyllastrephus fulviventris). 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 19 August 2019).