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Chlorocichla flaviventris (Yellow-bellied greenbul, Yellow-bellied bulbul) 

Geelborswillie [Afrikaans]; iBhada [Zulu]; Geelborst-buulbuul [Dutch]; Bulbul à poitrine jaune [French]; Gelbbrustbülbül [German]; Tuta-amarela [Portuguese]

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Chlorocichla flaviventris (Yellow-bellied greenbul, Yellow-bellied bulbul)  Chlorocichla flaviventris (Yellow-bellied greenbul, Yellow-bellied bulbul) 

Yellow-bellied greenbul. [photo Tony Faria ©]

Yellow-bellied greenbul. [photo Stephen Davis ©]

Distribution and habitat

Occurs from Kenya and south-eastern DRC through Angola and Zambia to southern Africa. Here it is common across Zimbabwe, Mozambique, northern Namibia, eastern and northern Botswana, Limpopo Province and KwaZulu-Natal. It generally prefers thick tangled undergrowth, especially in clearings in riverine and coastal forest, miombo (Brachystegia) and mopane (Colosphermum mopane) woodland, gardens, mangroves and semi-arid bush.

Distribution of Yellow-bellied 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). See here for the latest distribution from the SABAP2.  

Predators and parasites

It has been recorded as prey of the Falco biarmicus (Lanner falcon) 


It mainly eats fruit, doing most of its foraging with other bulbuls in the lower canopy, gleaning food from leaves and branches. The following food items have been recorded in its diet:

  • fruit
  • seeds
  • flowers
  • insects
    • ticks taken from mammals such as:
      • Aepyceros melampus (Impala)
      • Sylvicapra grimmia (Common duiker)
      • Tragelaphus angasii (Nyala)
      • Oreotragus oreotragus (Klipspringer)


  • The nest is a fragile, thin-walled cup built of tendrils, twigs, dry grass and other plant fibres; it is sometimes so flimsy that the eggs can be visible from below! It is typically attached with spider web to the foliage of a sapling, shrub or creeper.
  • Egg-laying season is from September-March, peaking from October-December.
  • It lays 1-3 eggs, which are incubated solely by the female for about 14 days.
  • The chicks are fed and brooded by both parents, leaving the nest after about 16-18 days.


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.