Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Plain Greenbul (Eurillas curvirostris)


French: Bulbul curvirostre German: Alexanderbülbül Spanish: Bulbul piquicurvo
Other common names: Cameroon Greenbul, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul

Andropadus curvirostris


, 1859,

Camma River, Gabon


See E. ansorgei. Races recently suggested as perhaps two separate species, on basis of vocal differences and the fact that leonina does not react to playback of song of nominate; research needed, focusing on area in Ghana where the taxa approach each other. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. c. leonina (Bates, 1930) – Western Plain Greenbul – Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to C Ghana.
  • E. c. curvirostris (Cassin, 1859) – Eastern Plain Greenbul – C Ghana E, including Bioko, to S South Sudan and W Kenya, S to N & NW Angola and S DRCongo.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 17 cm; male 22–29 g, female 22–28 g. A medium-sized, almost featureless greenbul, difficult to identify by plumage characters alone. Nominate race has top of... read more


    Song of nominate race a 3-note “wheet-tiuwhee-tuu” or “wheet-tu-wheeu”;... read more


    Primary and secondary evergreen and semi-deciduous forest, gallery forest, old regrowth, clearings... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits, seeds; also insects, and gastropods. Fruits taken include particularly Rauwolfia, also Allophylus, Agelaea... read more


    Nesting recorded in Feb in Ghana and in Jan, Aug and Oct in Sudan; birds in breeding condition in May–Oct and independent young in... read more


    Little information; thought to be sedentary in Gabon and Congo.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Status somewhat uncertain; considered not uncommon to common. Density in Gabon estimated tentatively at 10–12 pairs/km². Occurs in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Plain Greenbul (Eurillas curvirostris). 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).