Stripe-cheeked Greenbul | Andropadus milanjensis

Robert's Birding Information: Stripe Cheeked Greenbul (Bulbul)

The Stripe-cheeked Greenbul is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Pycnonotidae bird family group which includes birds such as Bulbuls, Nicators.

The description for the Stripe-cheeked Greenbul (Latin name Andropadus milanjensis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Andropadus milanjensis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 573 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 772. You will find a picture of the Stripe-cheeked Greenbul on page 817.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as Stripe-cheeked Bulbul in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Stripe-cheeked Greenbul between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Stripe-cheeked Greenbul has a height of 21 cms and weighs around 37 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured black. The Andropadus milanjensis has a yellow, olive coloured throat, grey legs and a olive, green coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is grey.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are grey.

Throat is yellow, olive.

Back is olive, green.

Photo's & Differentiating Between Male, Female & Juveniles

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Male Adult  
Female Adult  
Non Breeding Plumage N/A

Stripe Cheeked Greenbul (Bulbul) Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Stripe-cheeked Greenbul is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

The Andropadus milanjensis forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Stripe Cheeked Greenbul (bulbul) Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Stripe-cheeked Greenbul is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 eggs and they are coloured white.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

The Stripe-cheeked Greenbul is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Stripe-cheeked Greenbul is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.