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 2 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 2 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 19 weeks 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 16 weeks ago 30 sec 3.5
adult foraging in leaf litter
Locality Liwonde National Park, Southern Region, Malawi (ssp intermedius)
Nik Borrow 29 November 2013 12 weeks 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 4 years ago 4
On the porch outside the Mahangu Safari Lodge.
Locality Mahango Game Reserve, Caprivi Region, Namibia
Hannes Andersson 17 November 2013 12 weeks ago 3.2