- Orange-bellied Leafbird (Orange-bellied)
 - Orange-bellied Leafbird
 - Orange-bellied Leafbird (Orange-bellied)
 - Orange-bellied Leafbird (Orange-bellied)

Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii Scientific name definitions

Wich'yanan Limparungpatthanakij and Peter Pyle
Version: 2.0 — Published January 13, 2023
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The Orange-bellied Leafbird (Chloropsis hardwickii) is a colorful, outstanding songster of hilly woodlands in the Himalayas and subtropical mainland eastern and southeastern Asia. Males have the diagnostic combination of an extensive black mask, yellow-orange belly, and grass-green upperparts. Like most of its relatives, the females lack the black coloration. It is a generalist and acrobatic feeder that plays a key role in seed dispersal of flowering and fruiting plants. The eastern subspecies (lazulina/melliana) are often recognized as a separate species “Grayish-crowned Leafbird” (as Chloropsis lazulina) based on genetic divergence which aligns with plumage differences.

Distribution of the Orange-bellied Leafbird - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Orange-bellied Leafbird

Recommended Citation

Limparungpatthanakij , W. L. and P. Pyle (2023). Orange-bellied Leafbird (Chloropsis hardwickii), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (N. D. Sly, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.orblea1.02