Mountain greenbul

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Mountain greenbul
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Arizelocichla
Species: A. nigriceps
Binomial name
Arizelocichla nigriceps
(Shelley, 1889)
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  • Andropadus nigriceps
  • Pycnonotus nigriceps
  • Pycnonotus tephrolaemus nigriceps
  • Xenocichla nigriceps

The mountain greenbul (Arizelocichla nigriceps), or eastern mountain greenbul, is a species of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is found in eastern Africa.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The mountain greenbul was originally described in the genus Xenocichla (a synonym for Bleda), then classified in Andropadus and, in 2010 re-classified to the new genus Arizelocichla.[2] Alternatively, some authorities classify the mountain greenbul in the genus Pycnonotus. Some authorities also consider the olive-breasted greenbul to be a subspecies of the mountain greenbul, while others consider the mountain greenbul itself to be a subspecies of the western greenbul.[3][4] The common name, 'mountain greenbul', is also used as an alternate name for the western and Cameroon greenbuls.


Two subspecies are recognized:[5]

  • Kilimanjaro mountain greenbul (A. n. nigriceps) - (Shelley, 1889): Found in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania
  • Usambara mountain greenbul (A. n. usambarae) - (Grote, 1919): Also named the Usamabara grey-throated greenbul. Found in south-eastern Kenya and north-eastern Tanzania


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Arizelocichla nigriceps". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T103818214A95028623. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103818214A95028623.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Taxonomy Version 2 « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-04-02.
  3. ^ "Arizelocichla nigriceps kungwensis - Avibase". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  4. ^ "Arizelocichla kikuyuensis - Avibase". Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  5. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-04-03.