Family Leafbirds (Chloropseidae)

Near Threatened

Lesser Green Leafbird (Chloropsis cyanopogon)


French: Verdin barbe-bleue German: Blaubart-Blattvogel Spanish: Verdín gorjiazul

Phyllornis cyanopogon


, 1830,

Palembang, Sumatra


Has been proposed, on basis of molecular data suggesting paraphyly involving C. palawanensis, that nominate and race septentrionalis should be treated as separate species#R; however, characters distinguishing septentrionalis (slight yellow border to black “bib”, yellowish wash to crown, average smaller size, voice) all minor, intermediate forms with nominate exist in S of range#R, and the provenance of sampled material in molecular study has been questioned#R, so further work needed. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. septentrionalis Robinson & Kloss, 1919 – Yellow-bordered Leafbird – extreme S Myanmar (S Tenasserim), SW Thailand and N Malay Peninsula.
  • C. c. cyanopogon (Temminck, 1830) – Lesser Green Leafbird – S Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo (including Banggi I, off N coast).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16·2 cm; male 20·3–22·8 g, female 18·5–20·5 g (cyanopogon). Male nominate race has a trace of brassy yellow... read more


    Song a loud, varied sequence of rich warbling phrases including deep, mellow notes and frequent... read more


    Canopy and high edge of lowland evergreen forest, including peatswamp-forest, mature and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Generalist; diet arthropods, fruits, occasionally flower nectar. Arthropods gleaned from canopy foliage, include caterpillars, beetles (... read more


    Adults with enlarged gonads during late Feb–Aug; an instance of nest-building in late Jun, and nestlings and recent fledglings in Apr... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. More or less common where habitat remains, but has disappeared from substantial areas of range as a result of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Wells, D. (2019). Lesser Green Leafbird (Chloropsis cyanopogon). 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 19 May 2019).