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Andropadus milanjensis (Stripe-cheeked greenbul, Stripe-cheeked bulbul) 

Streepwangwillie [Afrikaans]; Streepwang-buulbuul [Dutch]; Bulbul montagnard [French]; Strichel-grünbülbül [German]; Tuta do Milange [Portuguese]

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Teleostomi (teleost fish) > Osteichthyes (bony fish) > Class: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) > Stegocephalia (terrestrial vertebrates) > Tetrapoda (four-legged vertebrates) > Reptiliomorpha > Amniota > Reptilia (reptiles) > Romeriida > Diapsida > Archosauromorpha > Archosauria > Dinosauria (dinosaurs) > Saurischia > Theropoda (bipedal predatory dinosaurs) > Coelurosauria > Maniraptora > Aves (birds) > Order: Passeriformes > Family: Pycnonotidae

Distribution and habitat

Occurs in northern Mozambique, Malawi and southern Africa, where it is locally common in Zimbabwe's eastern highlands and adjacent Mozambique. It generally prefers moist montane forest, sometimes moving into nearby scrub, wattle plantations and miombo (Brachystegia) woodland.

Distribution of Stripe-cheeked greenbul in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project (© Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common).


It eats fruit, seeds, insects and worms, creeping along branches in the tree canopy, sometimes hawking prey aerially or plucking them from the ground.


  • The nest is a small, flimsy cup built of roots, twigs and grass and covered with cocoons, leaves, moss, shredded bark and lichen. It is typically placed in the canopy of a bush, sapling or creeper about 2-7 metres above ground.
  • Egg-laying season is from October-March, peaking from November-December.
  • It lays 1-2, usually 2 eggs which are incubated solely by the female.


Not threatened.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 

  • Harrison, J.A., Allan, D.G., Underhill, L.G., Herremans, M., Tree. A.J., Parker, V. & Brown, C.J. (eds). 1997. The atlas of southern African birds. Vol. 2: Passerines. BirdLife South Africa, Johannesburg.