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Yellow-streaked Greenbul - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Yellow-streaked Bulbul; Sharpe's Greenbul (alfredi)

Photo by safariranger
Debegeni Falls, Magoebaskloof, South Africa, November 2006
Phyllastrephus flavostriatus


18–20 cm (7-7¾ in)

  • Grey head
  • Greyish-brown back
  • Black bill
  • White throat
  • Blue legs
  • Brown eyes


Africa: Western Africa: occurs only in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, eSwatini



There are 7 subspecies[1]:

  • P. f. alfredi:
  • P. f. tenuirostris:
  • P. f. kungwensis:
  • West Tanzania (Kungwe-Mahari Mountains)
  • P. f. uzungwensis:
  • East Tanzania (Udzungwa Mountains)
  • P. f. graueri:
  • P. f. olivaceogriseus:
  • Highlands of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (north-western of Lake Tanganyika) to south-western Uganda
  • P. f. vincenti:
  • Highlands of south-eastern Malawi and adjacent northern Mozambique
  • P. f. flavostriatus:

The subspecies alfredi is sometimes split as Sharpe's Greenbul, Phyllastrephus alfredi.


Lowland, mid-altitude and montane forests, riverine forests, thick bush and bamboo thickets.



The diet includes mainly arthropods such as grasshoppers, caterpillars, beetles, bugs and spiders and some fruit.


The nest is built high up in the tree canopy.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)

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