Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Western Bearded Greenbul (Criniger barbatus)


French: Bulbul crinon German: Gelbkehl-Haarbülbül Spanish: Bulbul barbado

Trichophorus barbatus


, 1821,

Sierra Leone


Often considered conspecific with C. chloronotus, but shows appreciable vocal and plumage differences. Race ansorgeanus is morphologically and geographically intermediate between nominate race of present species and C. chloronotus and could arguably, on current knowledge, equally be placed with latter; better knowledge of its vocalizations would help to resolve its true taxonomic position. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. b. barbatus (Temminck, 1821) – Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to SW Togo.
  • C. b. ansorgeanus E. J. O. Hartert, 1907 – S Benin#R and S Nigeria.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 22 cm; male 41–48 g female 38–43 g. Large bulbul with heavy bill, conspicuous yellow throat feathers frequently puffed out, lax crown feathers raised in... read more


    Most common song a frequent, clear, far-carrying, disyllabic whistle, “teruu twé... read more


    Lowland evergreen and semi-deciduous forest, swamp-forest, gallery forest and larger forest patches... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insectivorous, but berries and seeds also regularly taken. Usually in small, noisy groups; often a conspicuous component of mixed-... read more


    Laying recorded in Jan in Nigeria; dependent fledglings in Jan and juveniles in Oct and Mar–Apr in Liberia; juveniles in Jul in Ghana... read more


    No information; thought to be sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Not uncommon to common throughout most of range, wherever suitable habitat remains; rare in extreme SW Togo. Recently recorded for first time in S... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2020). Western Bearded Greenbul (Criniger barbatus). 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 20 January 2020).