Lesser Green Leafbird

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Scientific Name: Chloropsis cyanopogon

Malay Name: Burung-Daun Kecil

Chinese Name: 小绿叶鹎

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

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: septentrionalis, cyanopogon.

Local Subspecies: cyanopogon

Size: 16-19 cm

Identification: Male looks very similar to Greater Green Leafbird except that it is smaller and has a slim bill and yellowish borders surrounding black face. Female and juvenile are more easily distinguished from Greater Green Leafbird by all green plumage without yellowish throat and eyering.

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

Habitat: Forest and forest edge.

Behaviour/Ecology: Arboreal, frequenting thick foliage and canopy.

Local Status: Very rare resident

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2020)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.


BirdLife International. (2020). Chloropsis cyanopogon. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-3.RLTS.T22704953A177137817.en. 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.

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