Greater Green Leafbird

Scientific Name: Chloropsis sonnerati
Malay Name: Burung-Daun Besar
Chinese Name: 大绿叶鹎

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo

Polytypic. Subspecies are: zosterops, sonnerati.

Local Subspecies: zosterops

Size: 20.5-22.5 cm

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 2019)

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


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2019). Chloropsis sonnerati. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.
Wells, D. (1999). Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula. Academic Press.