Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-lored Bristlebill (Bleda notatus)


French: Bulbul jaunelore German: Gelbzügel-Borstenbülbül Spanish: Bulbul manchado
Other common names: Lesser Bristlebill

Trichophorus notatus


, 1856,

Mondah River, Gabon


Previously treated as conspecific with B. ugandae, and formerly as a race of B. eximius (see both). Monotypic.


Extreme SE Nigeria and Bioko E to SW Central African Republic, S to lower R Congo.

Descriptive notes

19·5–21 cm; 28·5–40·7 g. Stocky, handsome bulbul, with fairly strong bill, well-developed rictal bristles. Adult has lores and preorbital... read more


Song tremulous and descending in pitch, somewhat reminiscent of that of B. syndactylus but... read more


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

Food and feeding

Arthropods, including orthopterans, beetles (Coleoptera), butterflies (Lepidoptera), caterpillars, ants (Hymenoptera), spiders (Araneae);... read more


Breeds in all months in DRCongo, probably also in Cameroon; in most months, peak in Jan–Feb short dry season (only long dry season of... read more


Resident; striking site-fidelity in Gabon, where 76% of ringed individuals recaptured at ringing... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally widespread and common across its range. Density in Gabon estimated at 1·2 birds/ha and surveys in W PRCongo suggest... read more

Recommended citation

Fishpool, L., Tobias, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Yellow-lored Bristlebill (Bleda notatus). 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 17 November 2019).