Many birders ask me why it is so hard to find broadbills in many of Thailand’s southern forests right now. The answer can be derived from one look at this photo.
The birds are nesting.
On the west coast we have nesting records for Dusky, Green and Black and Yellow Broadbills at Sri Phang Nga National Park and one pair of Black and Red Broadbills nesting at Ao Phang Nga National Park. Rumor has it that there are multiple nest sites at Kaeng Krachan National Park, some of which are suspended right over the main access road into the park.
This photo of a lovely Long tailed Broadbill was taken by Peter Ericsson. The Long tailed Broadbill is the only species of broadbill not found in the southern region, and it’s odd color patterns make it look like something out of a child’s fantasy-themed storybook.
Special thanks to Peter Ericsson for allowing us to use his photos on this site.