Family Leafbirds (Chloropseidae)

Least Concern

Greyish-crowned Leafbird (Chloropsis lazulina)


French: Verdin à calotte grise German: Lazulibrust-Blattvogel Spanish: Verdín ventrinaranja oriental

Phyllornis lazulina


, 1870,

Tai-ping-sze, central Hainan


Until recently considered conspecific with C. hardwickii, but differs genetically#R and also morphologically, by its glaucous-grey vs yellowish-green crown in male (2); indigo vs black breast in male (ns[2]); cobalt-blue (and seemingly less visible, often concealed) vs iridescent pale turquoise “shoulders” in male (2); all-green vs yellow central underparts (upper belly to undertail-coverts) in female (3). Reportedly intergrades with C. hardwickii in N Laos, possibly also in SW China; research on contact zone(s) needed. Population in SC Vietnam (including Da Lat Plateau), currently included in race melliana, may represent a separate, as yet undescribed race; further study required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. melliana Stresemann, 1923 – uplands of S China (from Guizhou and Guangxi E to Zhejiang), C Laos and N & C Vietnam (S to S Annam).
  • C. l. lazulina#R (Swinhoe, 1870) – uplands of Hainan.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 17·5 cm. Male nominate race has full black mask from lores and eye, extending down to ­upper breast to spread into broad indigo bib, enclosing large jawline flash of... read more


    Not known to differ from C. hardwickii. Song, is long, varied and melodious, including... read more


    Canopy and edge of deciduous to evergreen forests, and secondary growth. At lower latitudes, occurs... read more

    Food and feeding

    Generalist; diet includes arthropods, fruits and nectar. Forages alone or in pairs, and probably joins mixed-species flocks. Fruits can be... read more


    No precise information available.


    Probably altitudinal migrant in N parts of range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common throughout much of its extensive range, although overall population suspected to be decreasing. An influx into Hong Kong since... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Elliott, A. (2019). Greyish-crowned Leafbird (Chloropsis lazulina). 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 16 February 2019).