Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Slender-billed Greenbul (Andropadus gracilirostris) - HBW 10, p. 200

French: Bulbul à bec grêle German: Schmalschnabelbülbül Spanish: Bulbul Picofino

Taxonomy: Andropadus gracilirostris Strickland, 1844, island of Bioko (Fernando Póo), Equatorial Guinea.
Genus formerly submerged in Pycnonotus. Old name “Stelgidillas poensis” is a synonym of present species. Affinities unclear; recent molecular data suggest that this species is remote from all other members of genus and would be better placed in a separate genus. Proposed races congensis (Cameroon E to DRCongo and Tanzania) and chagwensis (Uganda) exhibit barely perceptible and inconstant differences in colour tone from nominate, and not satisfactorily distinguishable. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • gracilirostris Strickland, 1844 - SW Senegal and Guinea-Bissau E, including Bioko I, to S Sudan, C Uganda and W Kenya, S to NW Angola, SC DRCongo, Rwanda and N Burundi, also W Tanzania.
  • percivali (Neumann, 1903) - C Kenya Highlands.