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Bleda eximius


21.5-23 cm. A handsome bulbul with prominent rictal bristles and a strong bill.

  • Olive-green side of face with darker stripe from base of bill down to side of throat
  • Dull olive-yellow lores
  • Blue-grey half-moon of bare skin above eye
  • Small feathered yellowish postocular spot
  • Uniform olive-green upperparts
  • Olive-green tail with narrow yellow tips on outher three pairs or rectrices
  • Bright yellow underparts except for olive wash on breast side and flanks
  • Dark blue-grey bill

Sexes similar, juvenile undescribed.

Similar species

The yellow-tipped green tail distinguishes this species from Red-tailed Bristlebill. The green head and neck, the bare skin around the eye, the yellowish lores and the voice distinguises this species from Grey-headed Bristlebill.


Endemic to Western Africa: found from Guinea to Sierra Leone and Ghana.

A restricted-range species from the Upper Guinea Forests. Rare in its range, locally common in Liberia. Not very vocal and possibly under-recorded.


This is a monotypic species.

It was formerly considered conspecific with Lesser Bristlebill.


Found in lowland evergreen forest, semi-deciduous forest and old secondary forest.

Occurs up to 1450 m in Liberia but usually only in the lowlands.


A very shy and elusive species. Usually singly or in pairs, often in mixed-species groups.


Feeds on arthropods like beetles, ants, spiders, caterpillars and millipedes. Takes also small frogs.
Forages on or near the ground.


A fledgling was seen in October in Liberia, birds in breeding condition in June to August, October and December. No information about the nest.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2014)

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