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Species Guide

Stripe-cheeked Greenbul

Arizelocichla milanjensis

The stripe-cheeked greenbul, known scientifically as Arizelocichla milanjensis, is a charming member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. This species is adorned with distinctive markings that set it apart from its avian counterparts.

Identification Tips

When observing the stripe-cheeked greenbul, one should look for the characteristic stripes on its cheeks, which give this bird its common name. The plumage is generally green, allowing it to blend seamlessly with the lush montane forests it calls home.


The natural habitat of the stripe-cheeked greenbul is the subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. These environments provide the perfect backdrop for this species, offering both shelter and a bounty of food sources.


This bird can be found in the highlands of south-eastern Africa, with its range extending through the highlands of south-eastern Malawi (Mount Mulanje), extreme eastern Zimbabwe, and west-central Mozambique.

Conservation Status

The stripe-cheeked greenbul is currently classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Conservation efforts are essential to ensure the survival of this species in its natural habitat.

Taxonomy and Systematics

Initially described in the genus Xenocichla, the stripe-cheeked greenbul has undergone several reclassifications. It was once placed in the genus Andropadus and, more recently, in the new genus Arizelocichla in 2010. Some authorities still classify it within the genus Pycnonotus. There is also discussion among experts regarding its relationship with the olive-headed greenbul and stripe-faced greenbul, with some considering them to be subspecies of the stripe-cheeked greenbul. It is also referred to by alternate names such as the Mulanji stripe-cheeked greenbul and stripe-cheeked bulbul.

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The Tsangs
30 Apr 2023 - 9:05am
South Africa

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