Phyllornis cyanopogon Temminck, 1829, Sumatra. OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Verdin barbe-bleue; German: Blaubart-Blattvogel; Spanish: Verdín Chico.
6.75 in (17cm). Green plumage with lighter underparts. Black bill and throat with small blue cheek patch. Yellowish tinge around face and throat.
Thailand, Tenasserim (Peninsular Malaysia), the remainder of the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo, and nearby small islands.
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
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."
Monogamous. Nesting behavior presumed similar to that of other leafbirds.
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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