Blue-winged leafbird Facts

Blue-winged leafbird Facts
Blue-winged leafbird is a songbird that belongs to the family Chloropseidae. There are 9 subspecies of blue-winged leafbird that can be found in southern parts of China, northeastern parts of India, Thailand, Borneo and Indonesia. Blue-winged leafbird inhabits humid forests, evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and secondary forests. Even though it prefers lowland habitats, it can survive on the altitude of 5900 feet. Habitat loss decreases number of blue-winged leafbirds in the wild. Luckily, their population is still large and stable and they are not on the list of endangered animals.
Interesting Blue-winged leafbird Facts:
Blue-winged leafbird can reach from 5.5 to 8.3 inches in length and from 0.53 to 1.69 ounces of weight.
Gender of the bird can be determined at the first glance because males and females are differently colored. This phenomenon is known as sexual dimorphism.
Male birds are more vividly colored compared to females. They have yellow heads and black faces with blue moustache-like line. Their throat is black and rest of the body covered with green feathers. Body and head of female birds are covered with green feathers. Their throat is blue. Young birds look like females except they lack blue feathers on a throat.
Blue-winged leafbird is also known as blue-winged chloropsis, golden-hooded leafbird and golden-mantled leafbird.
Blue-winged leafbirds have forked tongue covered with spikes. Their bill is long, sharp and curved downwards. Specific morphology of their tongue and bill facilitates extraction of nectar from the flowers and catching of insects (favorite types of food).
Blue-winged leafbirds have stiff feathers around the bill. They are used as a shield which protects eyes against trapped insects which fight using their legs and wings when they try to escape from the bill.
Blue-winged leafbirds are very vocal animals that imitate songs and sounds of other birds.
Blue-winged leafbirds spend most of their time high in the treetops, where they can find food easily.
Diet of blue-winged leafbirds consists of insects, fruits, berries and nectar. These birds play important role in the pollination of the forest flowers. When they come close to the flower to drink nectar, they collect pollen and transfer it to the next flower. Blue-winged leafbirds use sharp bill to pierce the skin of the fruit and reach the juice trapped inside.
Blue-winged leafbirds are usually solitary creatures. Some birds live in pairs.
Certain sub-species of blue-winged leafbirds are territorial and aggressive toward intruders.
Blue-winged leafbirds use branches and leaves to build cup-shaped nest in the trees. Most nests are located high in the treetops.
Female lays 2 to 3 pinkish eggs. Incubation period lasts 14 days. Female keeps the eggs warm while male provides her with food during this period.
Researchers believe that males also help in the rearing of young birds (this fact is not scientific proven).
Lifespan of a blue-winged leafbird is unknown.

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