Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Tiny Greenbul (Phyllastrephus debilis) - HBW 10, p. 217

French: Bulbul minute German: Schlankbülbül Spanish: Bulbul Chico
Other common names: Slender Bulbul, Smaller Yellow-throated/Miniature Greenbul; Usambara/Green-headed Greenbul (albigula)

Taxonomy: Xenocichla debilis W. L. Sclater, 1899, north of Inhambane, south Mozambique.
No close relatives; conspicuously smaller than any of its congeners. Race albigula considered by some to be possibly an incipient species, but intergrades with other races reported. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rabai Hartert & van Someren, 1921 - C & S coastal Kenya and NE coastal Tanzania (S to R Rufiji).
  • albigula (Grote, 1919) - Usambara Mts, Nguru Mts and Nguu Mts, in E Tanzania.
  • debilis (W. L. Sclater, 1899) - SE Tanzania, S Mozambique and extreme E Zimbabwe (Haroni-Rusitu).

  • Least Concern
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