leafbird (Chloropseidae) - Female
Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve.
The Greater Green Leefbird has mainly green plumage. Male has black mask and throat patch Female has whitish eye-ring; yellow throat.
Similar to: Lesser Green Leafbird.
Leafbirds are always found in trees and shrubs. Most are restricted to evergreen forests except the golden-fronted leafbird and Jerdon's leafbird which live in deciduous monsoon forests, and the orange-bellied leafbird, which occurs in deciduous forests. Within this requirement, they occupy all broadleaf forest types in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The highest altitude they occur at is 2500 m (8200 feet).
Leafbirds usually feed in the canopy, eating insects and some fruit and nectar. Prey is searched for by nimbly moving along the branch ends and gleaned. They are also capable of hover-gleaning to obtain prey, and will pursue flushed prey into the air or even as far as the forest floor. The extent to which the leafbirds consume nectar is a matter of some debate, records are more common in Southern Asia compared to South East Asia.
Some species join mixed feeding flocks now and then; others defend the blooming and fruiting trees and bushes where they forage.
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