Family Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-whiskered Greenbul (Eurillas latirostris)


French: Bulbul à moustaches jaunes German: Gelbbartbülbül Spanish: Bulbul sibá

Andropadus latirostris


, 1844,

island of Bioko


Isolated population on Ufipa Plateau, in Tanzania, named as australis, here considered a synonym of nominate; conversely, it has been proposed as a sibling species on basis of its paler underparts and, in particular, vocal differences; further study needed. Other proposed races include saturata (R Honi, in Kenya) and eugenius (W shore of L Victoria, in NW Tanzania), both poorly differentiated and also synonymized with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. l. congener (Reichenow, 1897) – SW Senegal and W Guinea E to SW Nigeria (W of R Niger).
  • E. l. latirostris (Strickland, 1844) – SE Nigeria and Bioko E to extreme S South Sudan and C Kenya, S to N Angola, SC DRCongo and N Burundi, also N, NW & W Tanzania (Loliondo; Kigoma S to Kungwe-Mahare Mts; Ufipa Plateau).
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 17 cm; male 25–35 g, female 23–32 g (nominate), male 24–31 g, female 12·5–25 g (congener). Medium-sized greenbul with distinctive... read more


    Song a monotonous series of c. 12 “chruk” notes, slightly increasing in volume,... read more


    Occupies both interior and edge of all types of primary and secondary forest, gallery forest,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruit, including berries, and arils, also many arthropods; gastropods and small vertebrates (frogs, geckoes) also recorded as eaten. Fruit... read more


    Nesting recorded in Oct–Mar (mainly Nov–Dec, in early dry season) in Liberia, May in Nigeria, May–Aug (and birds in... read more


    Sedentary in some areas, nomadic in others. Mainly nomadic in areas where lek system used; in Gabon... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally common to abundant throughout its wide range; often the most numerous bulbul, and sometimes the most abundant bird species, in many forests... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fishpool, L. & Tobias, J. (2019). Yellow-whiskered Greenbul (Eurillas latirostris). 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 19 August 2019).