OTHER NAMES: Hardwicke's Leafbird, Orange-belled Chloropsis
Latin Etymology: Chloropsis ("green-like") hardwickii ("Hardwick's")
Local Name (Malay): Burung Daun Perut Oren ("Orange-stomach Leaf Bird")
Featured Subspecies: Chloropsis hardwickii malayensis
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
The leafbirds are a family of birds unique to the "Indomalayan Ecozone" - an area which stretches from Afghanistan to New Guinea and the Philippines, and the Orange-bellied is a fairly typical example of the group: a bird of approximately thrush like proportions and bright leafy green upperparts. The male, as is often the cast, is the more spectacularly coloured of the sexes with a much more distinctive orange-yellow belly of the namesake, plus indigo and electric blue feathering. Their curved beak is specialised for feeding on insects, spiders and nectar.
SUBSPECIES: C. h. hardwickii, C. h. malayana, C. h. melliana, C. h. lazuliana
- Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A locally common resident.
Further Notes: Arkive, BirdForum Opus, BirdGuides, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto