Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)

Yellow-streaked Bulbul (Phyllastrephus flavostriatus) - HBW 10, p. 216

French: Bulbul à stries jaunes German: Gelbstreifenbülbül Spanish: Bulbul Listado
Other common names: Yellow-streaked Bulbul, Yellow-striped Greenbul; Sharpe’s/Malawi Greenbul (alfredi)

Taxonomy: Andropadus flavostriatus Sharpe, 1876, Macamac, Gauteng, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with P. poliocephalus; has been considered conspecific by some authors, but is much smaller, differs significantly in plumage characters and has distinctive song. Has been suggested that brown-headed race alfredi merits treatment as full species, but no significant vocal differences from other races. Several poorly differentiated races merged: thus, itombwensis (E DRCongo) and ruwenzori (W Uganda) treated as synonyms of olivaceogriseus, and dendrophilus (E Zimbabwe), distans (E Eastern Cape, in South Africa) and dryobate.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Andropadus flavostriatus Sharpe, 1876, Macamac, Gauteng, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with P. poliocephalus; has been considered conspecific by some authors, but is much smaller, differs significantly in plumage characters and has distinctive song. Has been suggested that brown-headed race alfredi merits treatment as full species, but no significant vocal differences from other races. Several poorly differentiated races merged: thus, itombwensis (E DRCongo) and ruwenzori (W Uganda) treated as synonyms of olivaceogriseus, and dendrophilus (E Zimbabwe), distans (E Eastern Cape, in South Africa) and dryobates (Mt Gorongosa, in Mozambique) synonymized with nominate. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • olivaceogriseus Reichenow, 1908 - R DRCongo (Ruwenzori Mts, Itombwe and Mt Kabobo), W & SW Uganda, W Rwanda and N Burundi.
  • graueri Neumann, 1908 - highlands W of L Albert, L Edward and L Kivu, in E DRCongo.
  • kungwensis Moreau, 1941 - Kungwe-Mahari Mts, in W Tanzania.

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  • olivaceogriseus Reichenow, 1908 - R DRCongo (Ruwenzori Mts, Itombwe and Mt Kabobo), W & SW Uganda, W Rwanda and N Burundi.
  • graueri Neumann, 1908 - highlands W of L Albert, L Edward and L Kivu, in E DRCongo.
  • kungwensis Moreau, 1941 - Kungwe-Mahari Mts, in W Tanzania.
  • tenuirostris (Fischer & Reichenow, 1884) - SE Kenya and E Tanzania S to E Mozambique lowlands (N of R Zambezi).
  • uzungwensis Jensen & Stuart, 1982 - E escarpment of Udzungwa Mts, in Tanzania.
  • alfredi (Shelley, 1903) - SW Tanzania, NE Zambia and N Malawi.
  • vincenti C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1940 - SE Malawi (E of R Shire) and adjacent N Mozambique.
  • flavostriatus (Sharpe, 1876) - S Mozambique lowlands (S of R Zambezi), E Zimbabwe, NE & E South Africa and NW Swaziland.
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