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Photo by robby thai
Mae Maoi NP, Thailand, December 2017
Iole viridescens


19 cm (7½ in)

  • Yellowish-olive head sides
  • Paler ear-coverts


Photo by James Eaton
Nagabwat, Myanmar, Burma, February 2011

South-east Asia: found in Myanmar, and Thailand.


Formerly considered conspecific with Cachar Bulbul. Also the former subspecies myitkyinensis is now included in Grey-eyed Bulbul, lekhakuni and cinnamomeoventris were transferred here from that species.


There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • I. v. viridescens:
  • I. v. lekhakuni:
  • I. v. cinnamomeoventris:
  • Thai-Malay Peninsula (Mergui District and Isthmus of Kra south at least to Songkhla)


Moist broad-leaf evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and tall secondary growth.



Their main diet consists of berries and occasionally insects too. Usually seen in pairs or small parties.


  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. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2017. IOC World Bird Names (version 7.2). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)

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