Red-tailed greenbul

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Red-tailed greenbul
Red-tailed Greenbul from Canopy Walkway - Kakum NP - Ghana 14 S4E1441 (16177963596).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Criniger
Species: C. calurus
Binomial name
Criniger calurus
(Cassin, 1856)
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  • Criniger swainsoni
  • Criniger verreauxi
  • Trichophorus calurus

The red-tailed greenbul (Criniger calurus), also known as the red-tailed bulbul, is a species of songbird in the bulbul family, Pycnonotidae. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and is found in western and central Africa.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Alternate names for the red-tailed greenbul include the red-tailed bearded bulbul, red-tailed bulbul and thick-billed red-tailed greenbul.


Three subspecies are recognized.[2] Additionally, the white-bearded greenbul was also originally described as a subspecies of the red-tailed greenbul:[3][4]

  • Gold Coast red-tailed bulbul (C. c. verreauxi) - Sharpe, 1871: Originally described as a separate species and alternatively named as the Sierra Leone red-tailed bulbul. Found from Senegal to south-western Nigeria
  • C. c. calurus - (Cassin, 1856): Found from southern Nigeria to western Democratic Republic of Congo
  • C. c. emini - Chapin, 1948: Found from north-eastern Angola and western Democratic Republic of Congo to Uganda and western Tanzania


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Criniger calurus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22713120A94359762. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22713120A94359762.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  3. ^ "Criniger ndussumensis - Avibase". Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  4. ^ "White-bearded Greenbul (Criniger ndussumensis)". Retrieved 2017-05-11.

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