Blue-winged Leafbird

Scientific Name: Chloropsis moluccensis

Malay Name: Burung-Daun Biasa

Chinese Name: 蓝翅叶鹎

Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent to Southern China, mainland Southeast Asia and Indonesia.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: chlorocephala, kinneari, auropectus, serithai, moluccensis, viridinucha.

Local Subspecies: moluccensis

Size: 16.5-18.5 cm

Identification: Easily distinguished from other Leafbird species from the bluish wing patch and tail sides. Male also has distinctive yellowish border around black face and golden nape while female has bluish malar band and throat. Juvenile resembles female but lack any blue on face and malar area.

Similar looking species: Greater Green Leafbird, Lesser Green Leafbird

Habitat: Forest, forest edge and secondary growth.

Behaviour/Ecology: Feed on insects, berries and nectar.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Park, Dairy Farm Nature Park and Sentosa.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Chloropsis moluccensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.