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Naro Moru, Kenya, December 2006

Alternative name: Placid Greenbul (placidus)

Phyllastrephus cabanisi


Long rufous tail.


Western Africa: found only in DRC and Angola.
Eastern Africa: South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi.



There are 5 subspecies:

  • P. c. placidus:
  • P. c. sucosus:
  • P. c. cabanisi:
  • P. c. nandensis:
  • Western Kenya (northern Nandi Hills)
  • P. c. ngurumanensis:
  • South-Western Kenya (Nguruman Hills)

The subspecies placidus is sometimes split as Placid Greenbul, Phyllastrephus placidus[2].


Thickets and tangles in highland forests, often along streams.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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