Family Leafbirds (Chloropseidae)


Sumatran Leafbird (Chloropsis media)


French: Verdin de Sumatra German: Sumatrablattvogel Spanish: Verdín de Sumatra

Phyllornis media


, 1850,



Long considered conspecific with C. aurifrons, but differs sufficiently, including in development of mask, to warrant species rank#R, while genetic data have confirmed that the two species are not each other’s closest relatives#R. Monotypic.


Upland Sumatra, from Aceh S through Barisan Range to Selatan.

Descriptive notes

17·7–18·8 cm; one female 40 g. Male has anterior cap back to mid-eye level clear yellow; mask from lores and eye to lower throat black, enclosing long,... read more


Song of paired male in captivity loud and richly melodic; voice not otherwise described.


Middle stratum and canopy of lowland evergreen forest, mature and regenerating, and secondary... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Probably generalist. Attracted to canopy-level crops of ripe figs (Ficus), but nothing known of other aspects of... read more


In the wild, fledglings attended by adults in Jul. In captivity, one clutch of 2 eggs, incubation period 13–14 days. No other... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Elevated to species level in 2006 and initially not considered to be globally threatened, since its conservation status has been largely ignored. Poorly known.... read more

Recommended citation

Wells, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Sumatran Leafbird (Chloropsis media). 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 22 March 2019).