Golden-fronted Leafbird

The Chloropsis aurifrons (scientific name) or golden-fronted leafbird is a native of South-East Asia, mostly the forest regions of India and Sri Lanka. This bird has a bright green plumage all over, except the face and throat. It has a black face and throat which has a yellow border. The forehead is orange and there is a blue line below the beak. Its tongue is forked and brush-tipped, which helps it take nectar from flowers. Their diet is comprised mainly of nectar, insects and berries. The average clutch-size is 2-3 eggs, incubated for 14 days, mostly raised by the female alone. It is interesting to note that when under stress or duress, these birds shed all their colourful feathers. Its IUCN listing is the LEAST CONCERN.

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