Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Chlorocichla flaviventris)


Taxonomy

French: Bulbul à poitrine jaune German: Gelbbauchbülbül Spanish: Bulbul pechiamarillo
Taxonomy:

Trichophorus flaviventris

A. Smith

, 1834,

near Durban, South Africa

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Poorly differentiated form ortiva (S Mozambique) treated as synonym of occidentalis. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. f. centralis Reichenow, 1887 – S Somalia and SC & W Kenya S to E Tanzania and NE Mozambique.
  • C. f. occidentalis Sharpe, 1882 – NW Angola E to SE DRCongo and W Tanzania, S to extreme NW Namibia, N & E Botswana, N South Africa (S to N North West Province, N Gauteng and NE Mpumalanga, expanding SW#R) and SC Mozambique.
  • C. f. flaviventris (A. Smith, 1834) – coastal S Mozambique S to E South Africa (S to KwaZulu-Natal and extreme N Eastern Cape).
  • Descriptive notes

    20–21·5 cm; male 34·5–52g, female 32–41 g. A large, dark-headed greenbul with prominent white eyelids; crown feathers often erected into low... read more

    Voice

    Song of centralis a querulous, nasal “qui quaaa quer qua queree qwa”,... read more

    Habitat

    Evergreen and semi-deciduous forest of various types, including coastal forest, Cryptosepalum... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruit, including berries, and seeds and flowers; also insects. Nestling diet insects for first 3 days, then also berries and other fruit... read more

    Breeding

    Nesting recorded in Mar–Aug in Kenya, Oct–Jan in W Tanzania, all months in DRCongo, Oct–Mar (mainly Nov–Jan) in... read more

    Movements

    Little information. Thought to be sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and generally common. Population in S Mozambique thought to exceed 40,000 individuals; 4 pairs in 16 ha in C Kenya. The... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2017). Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Chlorocichla flaviventris). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57980 on 19 November 2017).