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Phyllastrephus flavostriatus (Yellow-streaked greenbul, Yellow-streaked bulbul) 

Geelstreepboskruiper [Afrikaans]; Gestreepte loofbuulbuul [Dutch]; Bulbul à stries jaunes [French]; Gelbstreifen-laubbülbül [German]; Tuta-amarela-estriada [Portuguese]

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Phyllastrephus flavostriatus (Yellow-streaked greenbul, Yellow-streaked bulbul)   

Yellow-streaked greenbul, Magoebaskloof, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]


Distribution and habitat

Occurs in patches eastern southern Africa, from north-eastern DRC through to southern Africa. Here it is fairly common but localised, occurring in Zimbabwe's eastern highlands and adjacent Mozambique, north-eastern South Africa and KwaZulu-Natal. It is quite habitat specific, preferring clearings in the forest interior, but also occupying valley bushveld.

Distribution of Yellow-streaked 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.  


It mainly eats insects, gleaning them from leaves, branches and bark. It has a habit of repeatedly flicking its wings, which it possibly does to flush prey. The following food items have been recorded in its diet:


  • The nest is a flimsy cup built of twigs, dry grass, rootlets and other plant fibres, typically attached with spider web to twigs deep in a bush's foliage.
Phyllastrephus flavostriatus (Yellow-streaked greenbul, Yellow-streaked bulbul)   

Yellow-streaked greenbul at its nest, Haroni-Rusitu, Zimbabwe. [photo Warwick Tarboton ©]

  • Egg-laying season is from October-March, peaking around November-December.
  • It lays 2-3 eggs, which are incubated solely by the female, who is very reluctant to leave the nest if disturbed.


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.