Western greenbul

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Western greenbul
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Arizelocichla
Species: A. tephrolaema
Binomial name
Arizelocichla tephrolaema
(GR Gray, 1862)
Arizelocichla tephrolaemus distribution map.png
  • Andropadus tephrolaemus
  • Arizelocichla tephrolaemus
  • Pycnonotus tephrolaemus
  • Trichophorus tephrolaemus

The western greenbul (Arizelocichla tephrolaema) is a species of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is found in west-central Africa.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The western greenbul was originally described in the genus Trichophorus (a synonym for Criniger) and then classified in Andropadus before being re-classified to the new genus Arizelocichla in 2010.[2] Alternatively, some authorities classify the Western greenbul in the genus Pycnonotus. Some authorities also consider the olive-breasted and Uluguru greenbul to be subspecies of the western greenbul.[3] Alternate names for the western greenbul include the grey-throated bulbul, grey-throated greenbul, olive-breasted mountain greenbul and western mountain greenbul. The alternate name mountain greenbul should not be confused with the species of the same name, Arizelocichla nigriceps. The alternate name 'western mountain greenbul' is also used by the olive-breasted greenbul and the alternate name 'grey-throated bulbul' is also used by the Palawan bulbul.


Two subspecies are recognized:[4]

  • Bamenda grey-throated greenbul (A. t. bamendae) - (Bannerman, 1923): Found in south-eastern Nigeria and western Cameroon
  • A. t. tephrolaema - (GR Gray, 1862): Found on Mount Cameroon (south-western Cameroon) and Bioko

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found on Bioko, in western Cameroon and adjacent Nigeria. Its natural habitats are boreal forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Arizelocichla tephrolaema". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22712804A94350026. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22712804A94350026.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Taxonomy Version 2 « IOC World Bird List". www.worldbirdnames.org. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Arizelocichla kikuyuensis - Avibase". avibase.bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  4. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". www.worldbirdnames.org. Retrieved 2017-04-03.