Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Toro Olive Greenbul (Phyllastrephus hypochloris)


French: Bulbul du Toro German: Torobülbül Spanish: Bulbul de Toro
Other common names: Toro Greenbul

Stelgidillas hypochloris

F. J. Jackson

, 1906,

Kibirau, Toro, Uganda


In past, sometimes treated as conspecific with P. baumanni. Monotypic.


S South Sudan, E DRCongo (from Beni area S to Itombwe), W, S & E Uganda, extreme NW Tanzania and W Kenya.

Descriptive notes

c. 17 cm; male 19–30 g, female 17–24 g. Smallish sombre greenbul with few distinguishing features. Entire head, including lores and ear-coverts, is brownish olive... read more


Song begins with several emphatic, raspy “whee-oo whéé” notes, usually followed by loud, scolding,... read more


Evergreen and semi-deciduous forest. Usually in dense undergrowth and scrub at forest edge, beside... read more

Food and feeding

Largely insectivorous, but also some fruit. Found in pairs or in small (family?) groups; occasionally joins mixed-species flocks. Extremely... read more


Birds in breeding condition in May in Sudan and in Dec–Mar in DRCongo (Itombe); pair seen while nest-building in creeper-clad tree.... read more


No information; likely resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common, but generally considered to be rare; probably under-recorded owing to its skulking behaviour and poorly known vocalizations. Known... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Toro Olive Greenbul (Phyllastrephus hypochloris). 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).