Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Greenbul (Phyllastrephus albigularis)


French: Bulbul à gorge blanche German: Schuppenkopfbülbül Spanish: Bulbul gorjiblanco

Xenocichla albigularis


, 1882,

Fantee, Ghana


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. viridiceps (which see). Monotypic.


SW Senegal, and Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E through C Nigeria to SW & SE Central African Republic, W, N & E DRCongo (Duma, lower R Congo at Kunungu, and E from Sankuru and Kasai), extreme S South Sudan, and NW, W & C Uganda, and S to S Congo.

Descriptive notes

c. 17 cm; male 24–31 g, female 17–28 g. Small pale-eyed greenbul with relatively long, dagger-like bill. Adult has head and neck olive-grey, darker feather... read more


Rarely heard full song is a series of rapid, clear scolding notes, usually rising in pitch and then... read more


Understorey of primary and old secondary forest and gallery forest, sometimes associated with... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods, including orthopterans, neuropterans, bugs (Hemiptera), beetles (Coleoptera), moths and their caterpillars (Lepidoptera), ants... read more


Nesting activity recorded in Jan–May and Oct in Uganda; juvenile seen in Jul in Gabon, where singing activity increases at beginning... read more


Resident. Individuals ringed in Gabon retrapped at same site after 11 and 72 months.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread, but distribution strangely patchy; assessed as common to abundant in some parts of its range (e.g. S Benin), scarce and... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L., Tobias, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). White-throated Greenbul (Phyllastrephus albigularis). 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 23 February 2020).