Orange-bellied Leafbird (Chloropsis hardwickii) - HBW 10, p. 266
French: Verdin de Hardwicke
Spanish: Verdín de Hardwicke
Other common names: Hardwicke’s Leafbird, Orange-bellied Chloropsis
Taxonomy: Chloropsis Hardwickii Jardine and Selby, 1830, Nepal.
Nominate race and malayana intergrade in S Myanmar (N Tenasserim) and possibly more widely; these two are well differentiated from E races, but the two groups intergrade in N Laos, possibly also in SW China. Population in SC Vietnam (including Da Lat Plateau), currently included in melliana, may represent a separate, as yet undescribed race; further study required. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- 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.
- malayana Robinson & Kloss, 1923 - uplands of S Myanmar (N & C Tenasserim) and Peninsular Malaysia.
- melliana Stresemann, 1923 - uplands of S China (from Guizhou and Guangxi E to Fujian) and of N & C Vietnam (S to S Annam).
- lazulina (Swinhoe, 1870) - uplands of Hainan I.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 16 videos
male singing Locality Fraser's Hill, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia (ssp malayana)
Martin Kennewell 5 July 2015 20 weeks ago 50 sec 4.8
a male is foraging honey flower Locality Tai Po Kau, Tai Po, Hong Kong (ssp melliana)
Vicky Cheng 7 March 2011 4 years ago 1 min 21 sec 4.7
A female perched in a tree calling, shaking the plumage and flying away. Locality Dirang, West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, India (ssp hardwickii)
Josep del Hoyo 13 April 2014 1 year ago 41 sec 4.6
a female is foraging honey flower and insect. Locality Tai Po Kau, Tai Po, Hong Kong (ssp hardwickii)
Vicky Cheng 7 March 2011 4 years ago 1 min 39 sec 4.5
eating a berry Locality Doi Lang, North Western Thailand, Thailand (ssp hardwickii)
Daniêl Jimenez 10 December 2010 4 years ago 55 sec 4.5
rear view of singing male Locality Chong Yen, Mae Wong National Park, North Western Thailand, Thailand (ssp hardwickii)
Martin Kennewell 11 February 2012 3 years ago 31 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 21 photos
A male is molting into adult plumage.
Locality Doi Lang, North Western Thailand, Thailand (ssp hardwickii)
Tanakorn Chantasuban 26 October 2010 4 years ago 4.5
Adult male perched
Locality Deothang, Samdrup Jongkhar District, Bhutan
Markus Lilje 18 April 2014 7 weeks ago 4.3
A male singing
Locality Ghatgar, Nainital District, Uttarakhand, India
Cedric Mroczko 30 January 2012 30 weeks ago 4
Locality Langbian Mountain, Da Lat Plateau, Annam, Vietnam (ssp melliana)
Fran Trabalon 22 November 2010 3 years ago 3.9
A male perches
Locality Hong Kong
LouisCheung 3 years ago 3.9
Feeding in a tree at The Den, Quality Inn outside Ramnagar
Locality Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, India
Lee Hunter 12 December 2011 2 years ago 3.8
A female singing. Locality Dirang, West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Josep del Hoyo 13 April 2014 1 year ago 4
bird singing Locality Miao, Changlang District, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Desmond Allen 1 February 1998 5 years ago 3.5
song Locality Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Niels Poul Dreyer 6 April 2013 2 years ago 0