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Lowland Tiny Greenbul - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Thibaud Aronson
Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Kenya, Africa, 10 March 2023
Phyllastrephus debilis


14 cm. Grey head and bill, yellow-green throat, grey legs, olive green back, white eyes.


Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.


Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • P. d. rabai
  • P. d. debilis

Montane Tiny Greenbul was formerly included in this species.


Distributed from moist lowland forests and shrubland, riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.


The diet includes butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants which are hawked aerially.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy; 2-3 olive eggs are laid.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Birdforum thread discussing the taxonomy of this species

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