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Little Greenbul

Eurillas virens

The little greenbul, a modestly sized bird, graces the forests of sub-Saharan Africa with its presence. With a total length of approximately 187 mm, it boasts wings spanning about 80 mm and a tail roughly 77 mm in length. The upper parts of its tail and wings are cloaked in brown, while its breast and flanks are adorned with a pale grey-greenish hue, reflecting the verdant landscapes it inhabits.

Identification Tips

When endeavoring to identify the little greenbul, look for its brown bill, brown iris, and light yellow-brown feet. The grey-greenish underparts are key to distinguishing it from other bulbuls, as is the brown coloration of its wings and tail.


The little greenbul is an inhabitant of a variety of forested environments, including subtropical or tropical dry forests, moist lowland forests, and the lushness of moist savannas.


This species is widespread across western, central, and eastern Africa, with a range that extends from Gambia to southern Nigeria, and from western Cameroon to southern Sudan, western Kenya, southern Democratic Republic of Congo, and northern Angola. It is also found on the islands of Bioko and Zanzibar, as well as in regions from southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo and northern Zambia to southeastern Kenya and northern Mozambique.

Behaviour and Ecology

The little greenbul has been the focus of scientific studies examining the role of ecotones—transitional areas between different biomes—in the generation of biodiversity. These studies underscore the ecological significance of the species and its habitat.

Conservation Status

The IUCN Red List classifies the little greenbul as Least Concern, indicating that, for now, this species does not face an immediate threat of extinction in the wild.

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