Orange-bellied leafbird

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Orange-bellied leafbird
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Male (♂) of the species
Orange-bellied Leafbird Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary West Sikkim Sikkim India 13.12.2015.jpg
Female (♀) of the species
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Chloropseidae
Genus: Chloropsis
Species: C. hardwickii
Binomial name
Chloropsis hardwickii
Jardine & Selby, 1830

The orange-bellied leafbird (Chloropsis hardwickii) is a bird native to the central and eastern Himalayas, Yunnan and northern parts of Southeast Asia. The scientific name commemorates the English naturalist Thomas Hardwicke.


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.

Back of the orange-bellied leafbird


  • Birds of the World by Colin Harrison and Alan Greensmith, Eyewitness Handbooks