Family Leafbirds (Chloropseidae)


Philippine Leafbird (Chloropsis flavipennis)


French: Verdin à ailes jaunes German: Philippinenblattvogel Spanish: Verdín filipino

Phyllornis flavipennis


, 1878,

Cebu, Philippines


Relationship to C. jerdoni, tentatively proposed on basis of its yellow flight-feather edgings, confounded by DNA evidence#R. Birds from NE Mindanao, described as race mindanensis, considered inseparable from those in rest of range. Monotypic.


C & S Philippines: Samar, Leyte and Mindanao; presumed extinct on Cebu.

Descriptive notes

18·8–19 cm. Has eyelid rim pale cream-yellow, lores the same but with bright green tipping; rest of upperside, to tail, viridian-tinted grass-green, except for... read more


No song described. Calls include loud, repeated, disyllabic whistle, “chick weeeeep”, notes well... read more


Canopy of lowland evergreen forest, mature and regenerating after disturbance, including habitats... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


Recorded in Jun and Aug, and adults with enlarged gonads in Apr and May. No other information.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Cebu EBA (now almost certainly extinct) and Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Conventionally classed as rare to very rare... read more

Recommended citation

Wells, D. (2019). Philippine Leafbird (Chloropsis flavipennis). 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 20 March 2019).