Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-eyed Bristlebill (Bleda ugandae)


French: Bulbul aux yeux jaunes German: Gelbaugen-Borstenbülbül Spanish: Bulbul ojigualdo

Bleda exima [sic] ugandae

van Someren

, 1915,

Mabira Forest, Uganda


Hitherto treated as conspecific with B. notatus, although split suggested in HBW; treatment as separate species supported by earlier#R and more recent genetic data#R. Differs from B. notatus in its yellow vs dark eye (3); weaker loral spot (1); longer wing (effect size for males 1.37; score 1); note shape and number of repetitions of notes in common call or song (1+2=3)#R. Monotypic.

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S Central African Republic, DRCongo (except lower reaches of R Congo), extreme SW South Sudan and Uganda.

Descriptive notes

19·5–21 cm; male 37–48 g, female 33–39 g. Stocky, handsome bulbul, with fairly strong bill, well-developed rictal bristles. Adult has crown and upperparts including wing-... read more


Song includes sharp “chup-chup-chup” notes followed by clear rolling series of cheerful “whééoo-... read more


Lowland evergreen and semi-deciduous forest, swamp-forest, forest-savanna mosaic and secondary... read more

Food and feeding

Almost nothing known/published, but limited information available suggest diet and foraging behaviour are both largely similar to those of... read more


Breeds in all months in DRCongo, with male in breeding condition in Uganda in Feb. Monogamous. Estimated territory size in N PRCongo 2 ha... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally widespread and common across its range, although it is rather local and uncommon in Uganda and very local (but fairly... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Yellow-eyed Bristlebill (Bleda ugandae). 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 18 August 2019).