Orange-bellied leafbird

The orange-bellied leafbird (Chloropsis hardwickii) is a bird native to the central and eastern Himalayas, Yunnan and northern parts of Southeast Asia. The greyish-crowned leafbird, which is found in Hainan, was formerly considered conspecific.[2] The scientific name commemorates the English naturalist Thomas Hardwicke.

Orange-bellied leafbird
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Chloropseidae
Genus: Chloropsis
C. hardwickii
Binomial name
Chloropsis hardwickii
Jardine & Selby, 1830


It is brightly coloured with an orange belly, a green back, a blue tail and flight feathers, and a black and blue patch over its throat and chest. It has a long, curved beak. It feeds on insects, spiders and nectar. Orange-bellied leafbirds make their nests from roots and fibers which are suspended from the edges of twigs at the end of a tree branch. They do not migrate.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Chloropsis hardwickii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T103775266A93992920. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103775266A93992920.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Species Updates – IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2021-05-27.
  • Birds of the World by Colin Harrison and Alan Greensmith, Eyewitness Handbooks