Family Leafbirds (Chloropseidae)

Least Concern

Orange-bellied Leafbird (Chloropsis hardwickii)


French: Verdin de Hardwicke German: Orangebauch-Blattvogel Spanish: Verdín ventrinaranja occidental

Chloropsis Hardwickii

Jardine and Selby

, 1830,



Until recently considered conspecific with C. lazulina (which see); the two are reported to intergrade in N Laos, and possibly also in SW China, so detailed research needed. Races intergrade in S Myanmar (N Tenasserim) and perhaps more widely. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. h. hardwickii Jardine & Selby, 1830 – N India (Himachal Pradesh) E in Himalayan foothills and hill tracts to S China (SE Tibet, Yunnan), Myanmar, NW Thailand and N Laos.
  • C. h. malayana Robinson & Kloss, 1923 – uplands of S Myanmar (N & C Tenasserim) and Peninsular Malaysia.
  • Descriptive notes

    15–19·8 cm; male 32–40 g, female 25–34 g. Male nominate race has full black mask from lores and eye, extending to form broad bib down to ­upper... read more


    Song, typically from open, treetop perch, the fullest and longest-sustained of family. In both... read more


    Canopy and edge of deciduous to evergreen forests, and secondary growth; also occurs in wooded... read more

    Food and feeding

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


    Nests have been found only in N of range, where Sino-Himalayan breeding season May–Aug. Shallow, open cup-nest of fine fibrous... read more


    Altitudinal migrant in Himalayas, probably also in China and possibly in extreme N part of SE Asia... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common throughout much of its extensive range, although overall population suspected to be decreasing in conjunction with... read more

    Recommended citation

    Wells, D. & Elliott, A. (2019). Orange-bellied Leafbird (Chloropsis hardwickii). 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 January 2019).