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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Yellow-bellied Greenbul

Afrikaans name: Geelborswillie

Yellow-bellied Greenbul skulking amongst the leaves

Photo © Steven Herbert

Chlorocichla flaviventris

The Yellow-bellied Greenbul used to be known as the Yellow-bellied Bulbul. Some people refer to it as the 'Bush Belly-ache' because of its guttural call which is often heard in suitable habitat.

These birds are fairly shy and are more often heard than seen. They are similar to the Sombre Greenbul but have white eyelids, while that bird has a white eye. The calls are very different as well.

The Yellow-bellied Greenbul can be found in the eastern coastal region, of South Africa, as well as the north-eastern parts of the country. Beyond our borders they can be found as far north as Kenya.

They are normally found in well-vegetated areas, particularly where there is lots of undergrowth. Their food consistes of fruit, seeds, flowers and insects. Sometimes they act like Oxpeckers and may be seen pulling ticks off mammals.

During spring and summer they make their flimsy nests amongst the vegetation. Up to 3 eggs are laid. Although only the female incubates the eggs the male does assist in feeding the young.

Yellow-bellied Greenbul eating parasites off a female Bushbuck

Photo © Steven Herbert


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 73

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 56

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 154

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 503

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 498

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 314

List of South African Birds

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