Yellow-bellied Greenbul ( Chlorocichla flaviventris, family: Pycnonotidae)

Birds & Birding in the Kruger National Park South Africa. In Roberts 6 this bird was called Yellow-bellied Bulbul

yellow bellied greenbul kruger national park birds The Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Latin name Chlorocichla flaviventris) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 574 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 772 also a picture of the Yellow-bellied Greenbul on page 817. The Yellow-bellied Greenbul belongs to the family of birds classified as Pycnonotidae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Yellow-bellied Greenbul is also known by these other names: African Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Pale Olive Greenbul.

In the previous edition of Roberts (ie 6th edition) the Yellow-bellied Greenbul was called the Yellow-bellied Bulbul

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The Yellow-bellied Greenbul is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a common resident

In terms of distribution of the Yellow-bellied Greenbul in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Yellow-bellied Greenbul : see above distribution map.

The Yellow-bellied Greenbul.

Kruger Park Yellow Bellied GreenbulIdentification assistance for this avian species ...

The Yellow-bellied Greenbul is a smallish bird but somewhat larger than a house sparrow. The height of the Yellow-bellied Greenbul is about 23 cms and its weight is about 40 gms

The male and female Yellow-bellied Greenbul have the same plumage and colours

  • Head is olive, green.
  • Eye is red.
  • Bill is yellow.
  • Throat is yellow.
  • Back is green.
  • Legs are purple.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Yellow-bellied Greenbul feeds on the ground, on the wing and in foliage mainly




Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Yellow-bellied Greenbul is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Chlorocichla flaviventris will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of Yellow-bellied Greenbul is to create the nest in branches of a tree or shrub. The bird lays eggs which are white in colour and number between 2 to 3

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Yellow-bellied Greenbul are: woodlands and grasslands and riverine areas

You will not see Yellow-bellied Greenbul in flocks. The bird prefers to act singly or in pairs.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... iBhada

Afrikaans ...Geelborswillie

German ... Gelbbrustblbl

Portuguese ... Tuta-amarela

French ... Bulbul poitrine jaune

Dutch ... Geelborst-Buulbuul

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 574

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website ,