It is also clear to see why he is call a "blue-masked" leafbird. He does look like he is wearing a big blue mask on his face. The blue and yellowish colors of his feathers also help him to blend in with his colorful tropical surroundings on the island of Sumatra in western Indonesia.
The Blue Masked Leafbird is Near Threatened
Facts About the Blue Masked Leafbird
|The Blue Masked Leafbird - Photo by Sylvestermouse|
- Near Threatened Species due to loss of habitat
- Indigenous to Indonesian island of Sumatra
- Classification: Songbird
- Nests at end of branches in the top of trees
- Smallest of the Leafbird species
- Size: 5.5" in length from tip of beak to tip of tail
- Weight - half ounce
- Food: Insects, Berries, Fruit, and Tubular Flower Nectar
Like hummingbirds, the little Blue Masked Leafbird collects pollen while eating. Therefore, as he flies from one flower to the next, he cross-pollinates flowers while he is drinking the nectar from each flower. A great example of how animals and flowers help each other survive in nature.
Video of the Blue Masked Leafbird
I do love songbirds, but I don't normally include videos on the Amazing Wild Animals site. However, I wanted you to be about to hear this little songbird for yourself.
Close your eyes and listen! He will make you feel like you are resting under a canopy of trees, or walking through the Rainforest.
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