Xavier's greenbul

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Xavier's greenbul
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Phyllastrephus
Species: P. xavieri
Binomial name
Phyllastrephus xavieri
(Oustalet, 1892)
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  • Phyllastrephus icterinus xavieri
  • Xenocichla Xavieri

The Xavier's greenbul (Phyllastrephus xavieri) is a species of songbird in the bulbul family, Pycnonotidae. It is found in central Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Xavier's greenbul was originally described in the genus Xenocichla (a synonym for Bleda). Some authorities have considered Xavier's greenbul to be a subspecies of the icterine greenbul. The name commemorates the French explorer Xavier Dybowski who collected natural history specimens in the Congo.[2] Alternate names for Xavier's greenbul include the greater icterine bulbul, greater icterine greenbul and Uganda icterine bulbul.


Two subspecies are recognized:[3]

  • P. x. serlei - Chapin, 1949: Found north and west of Mt. Cameroon (south-western Cameroon)
  • Grauer's white-throated greenbul (P. x. xavieri) - (Oustalet, 1892): Found from Cameroon to western Uganda and north-western Tanzania


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Phyllastrephus xavieri". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22712981A94356570. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22712981A94356570.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird? Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds. London: Christopher Helm. p. 374.
  3. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". www.worldbirdnames.org. Retrieved 2017-05-05.