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Subspecies flaviventris
Photo by rudydbn
St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, October 2004
Chlorocichla flaviventris


C. f. centralis
Photo © by volker sthamer
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, 19 September 2019
  • Dark reddish eye
  • Bright yellow underside including the throat and vent areas, as well as the underwings (visible in flight).


Sub-Saharan Africa: South Africa to Angola and Kenya



Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. f. centralis:
  • C. f. occidentalis:
  • C. f. flaviventris:
  • Southern Mozambique, Swaziland, and eastern South Africa (south to KwaZulu-Natal and extreme northern Eastern Cape)
Subspecies occidentalis
Photo by Dave Kennedy
Duma Tau, Linyanti, Botswana, June 2006


Forest, savanna and thicket.


Apt to sit in the top of a tree when calling.


Their diet consists of both fruit, including figs and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Fishpool, L. and J. Tobias (2020). Yellow-bellied Greenbul (Chlorocichla flaviventris), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.yebgre1.01

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