Lesser green broadbill

Latin Name
Calyptomena viridis




The lesser green broadbill can be identified by its vibrant green plumage. The species is sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females differ in appearance. Males possess a black dot behind each ear as well as black bands across the wings, while females have duller green feathers and lack any black markings.



Malaysia and Sumatra


Near threatened due to habitat loss


Tropical rain forest


Lesser green broadbills primarily eat fruits and vegetables. Their large mouths allow them to eat much larger pieces of food than those eaten by other birds their size.

Life History

During breeding season, the female weaves a long, tubular nest out of grasses to rear her offspring. The typical nest holds three yellow or cream-colored eggs.

Bonus Content

Keeper Giana Galeno offers a bite of fruit to a lesser green broadbill chick being raised behind-the-scenes at the McCormick Bird House.

Keeper Close-Ups
To wrap up National Zookeeper Week, we wanted to share some favorite photos we’ve taken of Lincoln Park Zoo’s wonderful keepers over the years.

Learn more about the unique breeding habits of lesser green broadbills and other animals.

Pairing Up
Learn more about the unique breeding habits of lesser green broadbills and other animals at Lincoln Park Zoo.



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