Greater Green Leafbird

Scientific Name: Chloropsis sonnerati

Malay Name: Burung-Daun Besar

Chinese Name: 大绿叶鹎

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: zosterops, sonnerati.

Local Subspecies: zosterops

Size: 20.5-22.5 cm

Identification: Male has all green plumage apart from black face and stout bill. Female resembles male but has green face and sharply demarcated yellow throat and eyering. Juvenile looks like female but has yellowish submoustachial band.

Similar looking species: Lesser Green Leafbird, Blue-winged Leafbird

Habitat: Forest and forest edge.

Behaviour/Ecology: Complex vocalisations incorporating much mimicry.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Endangered (BirdLife International 2021)

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

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2021). Chloropsis sonnerati. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021. 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.