Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Chlorocichla flaviventris)


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

Trichophorus flaviventris

A. Smith

, 1834,

near Durban, South Africa


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


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


    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


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


    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. (2019). 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 on 16 June 2019).