Terrestrial Brownbul (Phyllastrephus terrestris) - HBW 10, p. 211
French: Bulbul jaboteur
Spanish: Bulbul Terrestre
Other common names: Terrestrial Bulbul, Bristle-necked Brownbul
Taxonomy: Phyllastrephus terrestris Swainson, 1837, Outeniekwa Forest, Western Cape, South Africa.
Race suahelicus intergrades clinally with intermedius in Malawi and N Mozambique. Poorly marked race bensoni (described from lower Meru Forest, in Kenya) is treated as a synonym of suahelicus; similarly, katangae (extreme SE DRCongo) synonymized with intermedius. Three subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- suahelicus Reichenow, 1904 - S Somalia and C & E Kenya (Meru and Chuka forests, Mt Kenya, coast) S to N Mozambique.
- intermedius Gunning & Roberts, 1911 - SE DRCongo, Zambia, Malawi and N Mozambique S to N Botswana, Zimbabwe and NE South Africa (S to E KwaZulu-Natal); isolated population in SW Angola.
- terrestris Swainson, 1837 - Swaziland and E & S South Africa (W KwaZulu-Natal S along coastal fringe to Western Cape).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 7 videos
An individual consuming a bug it had just caught Locality Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe (ssp intermedius)
Greg Baker 15 September 1999 2 years ago 29 sec 4.4
An individual foraging amongst leaf litter Locality Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe (ssp intermedius)
Greg Baker 13 September 1999 3 years ago 30 sec 4.4
An individual foraging on the ground and then under a sprinkler Locality Musango Safari Camp, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe (ssp intermedius)
Greg Baker 7 September 1999 3 years ago 54 sec 4.3
An individual foraging in leaf litter on the ground Locality Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe (ssp intermedius)
Greg Baker 15 September 1999 2 years ago 26 sec 4.2
Preening Locality Mkuze Game Reserve, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 1 year ago 22 sec 4.2
Half concealed inside a bush Locality Mkuze Game Reserve, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Juan Sanabria 1 August 2013 1 year ago 30 sec 3.5
adult foraging in leaf litter
Locality Liwonde National Park, Southern Region, Malawi (ssp intermedius)
Nik Borrow 29 November 2013 1 year ago 4.5
Bird came in to feed at a bird table in guest house garden.
Locality Wilderness, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp terrestris)
Sam Woods 1 October 2009 5 years ago 4
On the porch outside the Mahangu Safari Lodge.
Locality Mahango Game Reserve, Caprivi Region, Namibia
Hannes Andersson 17 November 2013 1 year ago 3.2