Cabanis's greenbul

Cabanis's greenbul (Phyllastrephus cabanisi), also known as Cabanis's bulbul, is a species of songbird in the bulbul family, Pycnonotidae. It is found in east-central and south-central Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical moist montane forest, and subtropical or tropical moist shrubland.

Cabanis's greenbul
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Phyllastrephus
P. cabanisi
Binomial name
Phyllastrephus cabanisi
(Sharpe, 1881)
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  • Criniger cabanisi
  • Phyllastrephus fischeri cabanisi
  • Phyllastrephus modestus
  • Phyllastrephus sucosus

Taxonomy and systematicsEdit

Cabanis's greenbul was originally described in the genus Criniger. The common name and Latin binomial commemorates the German ornithologist Jean Louis Cabanis.[2] Formerly, some authorities considered the placid greenbul to be a subspecies of Cabanis's greenbul, or Cabanis's greenbul to be a subspecies of Fischer's greenbul.


Two subspecies are recognized:[3]

  • P. c. cabanisi - (Sharpe, 1881): Found from central Angola to south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, western Tanzania and northern Zambia
  • Olive greenbul (P. c. sucosus) - Reichenow, 1903: Found from southern Sudan and western Kenya to eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and north-western Tanzania


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2018). "Phyllastrephus cabanisi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2018: e.T22712890A132103411. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22712890A132103411.en. Retrieved 17 November 2021.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird? Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 73–74.
  3. ^ "Bulbuls « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-05-02.