Icterine Greenbul Phyllastrephus icterinus


Justification of Red List Category
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (extent of occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as generally common to abundant (del Hoyo et al. 2005).

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Distribution and population

From Sierra Leone and Guinea in the west and patchily east through Nigeria and DR Congo to Uganda and extreme NW Tanzania. The taxon 'Liberian Greenbul', previously recognized as a species and known only from a single specimen and additional sight records by the describer in 1985, is now considered to be a plumage variant of this species (Collinson et al. 2017).


It is a species of lowland and transitional forest at altitudes of 700-1,800 m (Stattersfield et al. 1998), where it occurs in mid-levels in small groups and in mixed-species flocks (Keith et al. 1992).


Text account compilers
Ekstrom, J., Symes, A., Butchart, S.

Dowsett, R.J.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Phyllastrephus icterinus. Downloaded from on 05/07/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 05/07/2022.