Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Bulbul)| Chlorocichla flaviventris

Robert's Birding Information: Yellowbellied Greenbul (Bulbul)

The Yellow-bellied Greenbul is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Pycnonotidae bird family group which includes birds such as Bulbuls, Nicators.Yellowbellied Greenbul (Bulbul)

The description for the Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Latin name Chlorocichla flaviventris) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Chlorocichla flaviventris can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 574 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 772. You will find a picture of the Yellow-bellied 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.Yellow Bellied Greenbul (Bulbul)

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

The Yellow-bellied Greenbul is known in Afrikaans as Geelborswillie.

The Yellow-bellied Greenbul has a height of 23 cms and weighs around 40 gms. The head is coloured olive, green while the bill is coloured yellow. The Chlorocichla flaviventris has a yellow coloured throat, purple legs and a green coloured back. The eyes are red.

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 olive, green.

Eyes are red.

Bill is yellow.

Legs are purple.

Throat is yellow.

Back is green.

Yellow Bellied Greenbul (Bulbul)Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

The Yellow-bellied Greenbul is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

The Chlorocichla flaviventris attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten.

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

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

Yellowbellied Greenbul (Bulbul) Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Yellow-bellied 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 to 3 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 Yellow-bellied 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 Yellow-bellied Greenbul is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.