Lesser green leafbird

Chloropsis cyanopogon

TAXONOMY

Phyllornis cyanopogon Temminck, 1829, Sumatra. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Verdin barbe-bleue; German: Blaubart-Blattvogel; Spanish: Verdín Chico.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

6.75 in (17cm). Green plumage with lighter underparts. Black bill and throat with small blue cheek patch. Yellowish tinge around face and throat.

DISTRIBUTION

Thailand, Tenasserim (Peninsular Malaysia), the remainder of the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo, and nearby small islands.

HABITAT

Dense canopies of lowland primary and tall secondary forest. BEHAVIOR

Forages from one tree to another individually, in pairs, or in flocks with other species.

Chloropsis cyanopogon H Resident

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Continuously moves from the top of one tree to another, drinking nectar from blossoms and systematically searching branches for arthropods, often as parts of mixed species "hunting parties."

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Monogamous. Nesting behavior presumed similar to that of other leafbirds.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Near Threatened, due to dependence on tall trees in increasingly deforested areas, as well as vigorous exploitation for the bird trade.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

Most specimens in the international bird trade become individually housed cage birds in Asia, highly regarded for melodious singing. ♦

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