Family Leafbirds (Chloropseidae)


Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati)


French: Verdin de Sonnerat German: Dickschnabel-Blattvogel Spanish: Verdín de Sonnerat

Chloropsis Sonnerati

Jardine and Selby

, 1827,



Named race parvirostris, from Nias I (off W Sumatra), merged with zosterops, as its bill characters fall within range of variation of mainland populations. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. s. zosterops Vigors, 1830 – S Myanmar (C Tenasserim) and SW Thailand S to Sumatra and satellites, E to N Natuna Group and Borneo.
  • C. s. sonnerati Jardine & Selby, 1827 – Java and Bali#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    18–21 cm; male 42·9–48·2g, two females 38 g and 41·2 g (zosterops). Largest and heaviest leafbird, with relatively long, powerful,... read more


    Song a varied sequence of powerful, liquid, warbling phrases, e.g. “wit-chew”, “... read more


    Canopy and high edge of lowland evergreen forest and peatswamp-forest, well-grown secondary forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Generalist; diet arthropods and fruits, also flower nectar. Animal prey gleaned from foliage, include large orthopterans (to size of locust... read more


    In N Borneo, males with large testes in mid-Jan, Mar, Jun and mid-Jul and females showing evidence of recent laying in Jun and mid-Oct;... read more



    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Population unknown, but suspected to be declining rapidly due to trapping. Race zosterops judged in 2005 to remain more or less common where habitat... read more

    Recommended citation

    Wells, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 March 2019).