Orangebellied leafbird

Chloropsis hardwickii

TAXONOMY

Chloropsis hardwickii Jardine & Selby, 1830, Nepal. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Verdin de Hardwick; German: Blaubartblattvogel; Spanish: Verdín de Pico Anaranjado.

Chloropsis hardwickii I Resident

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

7.5 in (19 cm). Olive-green upperparts with distinctive yellow-orange belly and undertail-coverts. Black bill and throat patch with blue cheek. Bright blue shoulder patch and dark flight feathers.

DISTRIBUTION

Eastern Himalayas, Myanmar, southern China, Hainan Island, Indochina, Malay Peninsula.

HABITAT

Highland forests, occurs at higher elevations than goldenfronted leafbird.

BEHAVIOR

Usually in pairs or small groups. Frequently mimics other species.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Active, acrobatic, arthropod hunter and nectar feeder.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Monogamous. Nest very similar to gold-fronted leafbird. Two eggs, spotted with various colors, slightly larger than goldfronted.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened, but experiencing some habitat loss, though less than lowland species.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

Avid pollinator, but also spreads mistletoe. Popular cage bird for centuries. ♦

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