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Terrestrial brownbul
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Phyllastrephus
Swainson, 1832

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Phyllastrephus is a songbird genus in the family Pycnonotidae. They make up the typical greenbuls, though two are named brownbuls, and one is a leaflove.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Extant species[edit]

The genus Phyllastrephus contains the following species:[1]

Former species[edit]

Several species from Madagascar that were formerly placed in the genus Phyllastrephus have now been moved into Bernieria and Xanthomixis. Commonly called the Bernieria and the tetrakas, these species are not bulbuls but Malagasy warblers similar to greenbuls due to convergent evolution. Formerly, some authorities also considered the following species (or subspecies) as species within the genus Phyllastrephus:


  1. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  2. ^ The Ibis. British Ornithologists' Union. 1906-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Chlorocichla simplex - Avibase". Retrieved 2017-04-16. 
  4. ^ "Thescelocichla leucopleura - Avibase". Retrieved 2017-04-18.