Significance to humans

Chloropsis Hardwickii

The highly insectivorous ioras are recognized as a form of natural pest control. The value of leafbirds as pollinators of flowering trees can certainly not be overlooked, though this may be balanced against their spreading the seeds of the parasitic oriental mistletoe from one tree to another. Appreciation for the beauty of members of the genus Chloropsis is centuries old. Leafbirds have appeared in Chinese art as early as the fifteenth century. The London Zoo obtained an orange-bellied...