Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Stripe-cheeked Bulbul (Arizelocichla milanjensis)


French: Bulbul montagnard German: Olivbrustbülbül Spanish: Bulbul del Mulanje

Xenocichla milanjensis


, 1894,

Mulanje, south Malawi


Usually treated as conspecific with A. striifacies (which see). Proposed race disjunctus (E Zimbabwe) too poorly marked for recognition. Monotypic.


Highlands of SE Malawi (Mt Mulanje), extreme E Zimbabwe and WC Mozambique.

Descriptive notes

c. 19 cm; male 33·2–46·6 g, female 34·6–47·4 g. A medium-large, brightly coloured greenbul with conspicuously marked ear-coverts.... read more


Song 8–12 dry, short notes of same pitch, with distinct rhythm that varies regionally. In Zimbabwe... read more


Montane and submontane forest, riverine forest, adjacent scrub and thicket and, locally,... read more

Food and feeding

Comparatively few published data, but diet and foraging behaviour presumably much like A. striifacies, but in Zimbabwe of nine... read more


Recorded in Nov–Dec (in breeding condition in Aug) in Mozambique, and Oct–Mar (mainly Nov–Dec) in Zimbabwe. Monogamous;... read more


Mainly resident; seasonal movements to lower altitudes during cold or dry seasons (Feb–Aug)... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally rather common and population believed to be stable, but range comparatively small (estimated at just 73,400 km²).... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L., Tobias, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Stripe-cheeked Bulbul (Arizelocichla milanjensis). 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 5 December 2019).