Yellow-bellied greenbul

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Yellow-bellied greenbul
Popa Falls, Namibia
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Chlorocichla
C. flaviventris
Binomial name
Chlorocichla flaviventris
(Smith, A, 1834)
  • Trichophorus flaviventris

The yellow-bellied greenbul (Chlorocichla flaviventris) is a species of songbird in the bulbul family, Pycnonotidae. It is found in eastern, southern and west-central Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and dry savanna.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The yellow-bellied greenbul was originally described in the genus Trichophorus (a synonym for Criniger) and then re-classified within Chlorocichla. Alternate names for the yellow-bellied greenbul include the African yellow-bellied bulbul, yellow-bellied bulbul, yellow-breasted bulbul, yellow-breasted greenbul and yellow-necked greenbul. The latter name is also used as an alternate name by Falkenstein's greenbul. The name 'yellow-bellied bulbul' should not be confused with the species of the same name, Alophoixus phaeocephalus.


Three subspecies of the yellow-bellied greenbul are recognized:[2]

  • Kenya yellow-bellied greenbul (C. f. centralis) - Reichenow, 1887: Originally described as a separate species - also named the Muanza yellow-throated greenbul, found from southern Somalia to northern Mozambique
  • Zambezi yellow-bellied greenbul (C. f. occidentalis) - Sharpe, 1882: Originally described as a separate species, found from north-western Angola to western Tanzania and south to north-western Namibia, northern Botswana, northern South Africa and central Mozambique
  • C. f. flaviventris - (Smith, A, 1834): Found in eastern South Africa and southern Mozambique
Subspecies C. f. occidentalis, illustration by Keulemans, 1881


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2018). "Chlorocichla flaviventris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2018: e.T22712865A131967581. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22712865A131967581.en. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-04-12.

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