French: Verdin à front d’or German: Goldstirn-Blattvogel Spanish: Verdín frentidorado
Cachar, Assam, north-east India
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. aurifrons
(Temminck, 1829) – Golden-fronted Leafbird – NE Indian Subcontinent (E in Himalayan foothills from Himachal Pradesh, S to Odisha) and N, W & C Myanmar.
C. a. frontalis
(Pelzeln, 1856) – W & E India (S from S Gujarat and the Satpura Range and, in E, from C Odisha).
C. a. pridii
Deignan, 1946 – S China (SW Yunnan), E & S Myanmar, NW & W Thailand and N & C Laos.
C. a. inornata
Kloss, 1918 – EC & E Thailand, S Laos and C Vietnam.
C. a. incompta
Deignan, 1948 – SW & SE Thailand, Cambodia and S Vietnam.
C. a. insularis
Whistler & Kinnear, 1932 – Sri Lanka Leafbird – far SW India and Sri Lanka.
17–19 cm. Male nominate race has orange forehead and forecrown; black mask extending from lores and eye to lower throat, within which entire chin, upper throat and... read more
Song, mostly from outer end of high branch at or just below canopy summit, a high-pitched,... read more
Canopy of deciduous forest to relatively open semi-evergreen to fully evergreen broadleaf forests,... read more
Food and feeding
Generalist; diet arthropods, fruits and nectar. Loners, pairs or small parties forage for arthropods in canopy foliage, often acrobatically... read more
Through Indian Subcontinent overall some breeding occurs in all months, but with regional variation, thus in Feb–Aug (peak Jun/Jul)... read more
Mainly resident; slope-living populations in Himalayan foothills said to perform short-range... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common throughout most of range. Trade in this species, however, is heavy, and many of its populations are depressed by trapping for... read more
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