Phyllornis aurifrons Temminck, 1829, India. OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Gold-fronted chloropsis, green bulbul, gold-fronted fruitsucker; French: Verdin à front d'or; German: Goldstirnblattvogel; Spanish: Verdín de Frente Dorado.
7.5 in (19 cm). Green plumage with golden-orange forehead, black border around blue throat, and bright blue wing patch.
Himalayan foothills, larges areas of the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka, southwest China, Myanmar, and Indochina, with an isolated population in Sumatra.
Prefers more forested conditions than blue-winged leafbird, but also more likely to be found in middle canopy than other leafbirds.
Usually in pairs or small parties. A highly accomplished mimic.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Vigorously hunts insects and spiders, and equally busy nectar feeder. Also eats some fruits.
Monogamous. Noisy, frantic courtship involving chasing, screeching, and hanging upside down. Nest is loose shallow cup of tendrils, roots, etc, lined with soft plant material, near tip of branch, but concealed by foliage, in tall tree. Two eggs.
Not threatened, though heavily exploited for cage bird trade, and subject to habitat loss in many parts of range.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Important pollinator. Traditionally popular cage bird, both for appearance and as songbird and mimic. ♦
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