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Greater Green Leafbird
Alternative names: Greater Leafbird; Malachite-shouldered Leafbird
Largest and heaviest leafbird, 18 - 21cm (7-8ΒΌ In)
Juvenile resembles female but has less distinctive yellowish throat and eyering.
 Similar species
Very similar to Lesser Green Leafbird. Larger and with much longer and heavier bill and no yellowish forehead or border to black bib.
Three types of similar looking leafbirds occur in Thailand, Peninsula Malaysia and Singapore - Blue-winged, Greater Green and Lesser Green Leafbirds - making them difficult to identify in the field. The male Greater Green and Lesser Green can be distinguished from the Blue-winged Leafbird by the lack of bluish wing patch and tail sides while the female Greater Green and Lesser Green Leafbird lacks the bluish wing patch, tail sides and throat patch. The male Greater Green is distinguished from the male Lesser Green Leafbird by its bigger size and stronger bill. Besides size and bill differences, female Greater Green Leafbird has yellow eye-ring and throat patch which is lacking in female Lesser Green Leafbird.
Found in South-east Asia from southern Burma and Thailand to peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo (including some adjacent smaller islands) and Java.
Two subspecies recognized:
The described subspecies parvirostris from Nias Island is usually merged with zosterops.
Mangroves, middle storey of forests, forest edges, tall secondary growth up to 1,200m.
Feeds on arthropods and fruits. Takes also flower nectar.
A solitary breeder. The nest is an open cup placed between the outer twigs of a lateral branch. No other information about breeding.
A resident species.
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