Red-tailed bristlebill

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Red-tailed bristlebill
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Bleda
Species: B. syndactylus
Binomial name
Bleda syndactylus
(Swainson, 1837)
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  • Bleda syndactyla
  • Dasycephala syndactyla

The red-tailed bristlebill or common bristlebill (Bleda syndactylus) is a species of songbird in the bulbul family, Pycnonotidae. It is found in western and central Africa. Its natural habitats are tropical moist lowland and montane forests and tropical moist shrubland.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The red-tailed bristlebill was originally described in the genus Dasycephala (a synonym for Attila).


Two subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • Gabon bristlebill (B. s. syndactylus) - (Swainson, 1837): Found from Sierra Leone to western Democratic Republic of the Congo and northern Angola
  • Uganda bristlebill (B. s. woosnami) - Ogilvie-Grant, 1907: Also named Bocage's bristlebill. Found from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo to southern Sudan, western Kenya, north-western Zambia


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Bleda syndactylus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22713056A94357787. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22713056A94357787.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-05-07.