Phyllastrephus is a songbird genus in the bulbul family Pycnonotidae. Most of the species in the genus are typical greenbuls, though two are brownbuls, and one is a leaflove.

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Terrestrial brownbul (Phyllastrephus terrestris)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae
Genus: Phyllastrephus
Swainson, 1832
Type species
Phyllastrephus terrestris (terrestrial brownbul)
Swainson, 1837

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Taxonomy and systematicsEdit

The genus Phyllastrephus was introduced by the English naturalist William John Swainson in 1832 with Le Jaboteur (Levaillant), now the terrestrial brownbul, as the type species.[1][2] The genus name combines the Ancient Greek phullon meaning "leaf" with strephō meaning "to toss" or "to turn".[3]


The genus contains the following 20 species:[4]

Former speciesEdit

Several species from Madagascar that were formerly placed in the genus Phyllastrephus have now been moved into Bernieria and Xanthomixis. Commonly called the Bernieria and the tetrakas, these species are not bulbuls but Malagasy warblers similar to greenbuls due to convergent evolution. Formerly, some authorities also considered the following species (or subspecies) as species within the genus Phyllastrephus:


  1. ^ Swainson, William John; Richardson, J. (1831). Fauna Boreali-Americana, or, The Zoology of the Northern Parts of British America. Vol. Part 2. The Birds. London: J. Murray. p. 486. The title page bears the year 1831 but the volume did not appear until 1832.
  2. ^ Mayr, Ernst; Greenway, James C. Jr, eds. (1960). Check-List of Birds of the World. Vol. 9. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. p. 263.
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 305. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  4. ^ Gill, F.; Donsker, D.; Rasmussen, P. (eds.). "Family Pycnonotidae". IOC World Bird List. Version 10.2. International Ornithological Congress. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  5. ^ The Ibis. British Ornithologists' Union. 1906-01-01.
  6. ^ "Chlorocichla simplex - Avibase". Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  7. ^ "Thescelocichla leucopleura - Avibase". Retrieved 2017-04-18.