Chloropsis hardwickii Jardine & Selby, 1830, Nepal. OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Verdin de Hardwick; German: Blaubartblattvogel; Spanish: Verdín de Pico Anaranjado.
Chloropsis hardwickii I Resident
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.
Eastern Himalayas, Myanmar, southern China, Hainan Island, Indochina, Malay Peninsula.
Highland forests, occurs at higher elevations than goldenfronted leafbird.
Usually in pairs or small groups. Frequently mimics other species.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Active, acrobatic, arthropod hunter and nectar feeder.
Monogamous. Nest very similar to gold-fronted leafbird. Two eggs, spotted with various colors, slightly larger than goldfronted.
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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