Olive bulbul

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Olive bulbul
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Iole
Species: I. viridescens
Binomial name
Iole viridescens
Blyth, 1867
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  • Hypsipetes virescens
  • Hypsipetes viridescens
  • Iole virescens
  • Microscelis viridescens

The olive bulbul (Iole viridescens) is a species of songbird in the bulbul family, Pycnonotidae. It is found from southern Myanmar to south-western Thailand and the Malay Peninsula. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Formerly, the olive bulbul was classified in the genera Microscelis and Hypsipetes by some authorities. The synonym Hypsipetes virescens has also been used for the Nicobar bulbul and the Sunda bulbul. Alternate names for the olive bulbul include Blyth's olive bulbul, Sumatran bulbul, and viridescent bulbul. The name 'olive bulbul' is also used as an alternate name by the yellow-bearded greenbul and the sulphur-bellied bulbul.


Three subspecies are currently recognized.[2] The Cachar bulbul was also considered as a subspecies of the olive bulbul until it was split off and re-classified as a separate species by the IOC in 2017:[3]

  • I. v. viridescens - Blyth, 1867: Found in southern Myanmar and south-western Thailand
  • I. v. lekhakuni - (Deignan, 1954): Found in southern Myanmar and south-western Thailand
  • I. v. cinnamomeoventris - Baker, ECS, 1917: Found on northern and central Malay Peninsula


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2017). "Iole viridescens". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2017: e.T22713164A111069993. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22713164A111069993.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". www.worldbirdnames.org. Retrieved 2017-06-03. 
  3. ^ "Species Updates « IOC World Bird List". www.worldbirdnames.org. Retrieved 2017-06-04.