Family Leafbirds (Chloropseidae)

Least Concern

Jerdon's Leafbird (Chloropsis jerdoni)


French: Verdin de Jerdon German: Jerdonblattvogel Spanish: Verdín de Jerdon

Phyllornis jerdoni


, 1844,

central India


Long treated as a race of a broadly defined C. cochinchinensis (which see), but differs in bill morphology and plumage details#R. Wing length in N (male 92–93 mm, two females 86 and 88) larger than in S (male down to 85 mm in Sri Lanka), but differences insufficient for subspecific distinction. Monotypic.


India S from S Gujarat (Gulf of Cambay), C Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, and Sri Lanka.

Descriptive notes

16·7–18·4 cm. Male has black mask from lores back to eye and entire throat, enclosing large, long, intensely violet-blue jawline flash; rim around part of... read more


Song with random, varied combinations of loud, clear whistles, buzzing notes and rich, sharp notes... read more


Open forest, secondary growth, orchards, wooded gardens, coconut gardens, and wooded edges of roads... read more

Food and feeding

Generalist; diet arthropods and fruit, also nectar. Arthropods include caterpillars, crickets (Tettigoniidae), ants (Hymenoptera) and... read more


Some breeding occurs in all months, but main season in N of range Mar–Sept and in S (including Sri Lanka) Nov–May. Variable-... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common; apparently more common on slopes than at plains level. Many populations are held below potential density by effects of... read more

Recommended citation

Wells, D. (2019). Jerdon's Leafbird (Chloropsis jerdoni). 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 24 March 2019).