Shelley's greenbul

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Shelley's greenbul
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Arizelocichla
Species: A. masukuensis
Binomial name
Arizelocichla masukuensis
(Shelley, 1897)
  • Andropadus masukuensis
  • Pycnonotus masukuensis

Shelley's greenbul (Arizelocichla masukuensis), or Shelley's bulbul, is a species of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is found in east-central Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Shelley's greenbul was originally described in the genus Andropadus and re-classified in the new genus Arizelocichla in 2010.[2] Alternatively, some authorities classify Shelley's greenbul in the genus Pycnonotus.[3] Also, some authorities consider the Kakamega greenbul to be a subspecies of Shelley's greenbul. The common name, 'Shelley's greenbul', is also used as an alternate name for the placid greenbul.


Two subspecies are recognized:[4]

  • Wilhelmstal mountain greenbul (A. m. roehli) - (Reichenow, 1905): Also named the Masuku mountain greenbul. Found in north-eastern, central and southern Tanzania
  • Nandi mountain greenbul (A. m. masukuensis) - (Shelley, 1897): Found in south-western Tanzania and northern Malawi


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2017). "Arizelocichla masukuensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2017: e.T22712760A111069329. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22712760A111069329.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Taxonomy Version 2 « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-04-02.
  3. ^ "Arizelocichla masukuensis - Avibase". Retrieved 2017-04-02.
  4. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-04-01.

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