Little Greenbul

Information about the Bird Little Greenbul

The little greenbul (Eurillas virens) is a species of songbird in the Pycnonotidae family.

"Hall's greenbul", Eurillas (virens) hallae, may be a melanistic form of this species. It is known only from a single specimen taken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is named after the British ornithologist Mrs. Beryl Patricia Hall.
It is found in Angola, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and moist savanna.
Eurillas virens is a small bird reaching a total length of about 187mm, with wings of about 80mm and tail of about 77mm. The upper tail and wings are brown, while breast and flanks are pale greyish-greenish (hence the Latin name virens of this species, meaning green). The bill is brown, the iris is brown and the feet are light yellow-brown.
The little greenbul was the subject of a study, conducted by Thomas B. Smith, Robert K. Wayne, Derek J. Girman, and Michael W. Bruford (published in Science in June 1997) regarding the impact of ecotones on biodiversity.

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