Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)


Yellow-bearded Greenbul (Criniger olivaceus)


French: Bulbul à barbe jaune German: Olivrücken-Haarbülbül Spanish: Bulbul barbigualdo
Other common names: Yellow-throated Olive Greenbul, Yellow-throated Olive Bulbul

Trichophorus olivaceus


, 1837,

West Africa


Sometimes considered to be conspecific with C. ndussumensis (which see); some molecular studies suggest present species is sister to C. calurus. Monotypic.


NE & E Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to SC Ghana.

Descriptive notes

c. 18 cm; male 25·5–31·5 g, female 23·5–29·5 g. Relatively small greenbul with puffed-out throat feathers. Head and upperparts,... read more


Song 3 short, low-pitched syllables with third slightly stressed, “whut-chruw-chruw”,... read more


Largely restricted to primary and well-developed secondary lowland evergreen and semi-deciduous... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insectivorous, but small fruits also taken. Occurs singly or, more usually, in pairs, sometimes in small family parties; often in... read more


Data from Liberia include individual carrying nest material in Sept, downy fledgling and female in breeding condition in Nov, and almost... read more


No information; assumed to be sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Upper Guinea Forests EBA. Rare to uncommon across much of its fragmented range. Seems to be commonest in Liberia, where it... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2020). Yellow-bearded Greenbul (Criniger olivaceus). 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).