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-Another month, another broadbill. This one may not be as stunning as the first few we’ve reviewed, it is nonetheless a beauty to behold and a real thrill to see in the forest. – The Banded Broadbill.

The Banded Broadbill Eurylaimus javanicus is one of seven species of broadbill found in Thailand. At 23 cm. in length it is a medium-sized broadbill. The bird is characterized by its reddish-purple color (similar to that of mangosteen peel), turquoise beak and black wings with bold yellow patches on the upperwing. Males sometimes sport a black necklace.

Like all other broadbills (with the exception of Green Broadbill) the Banded Broadbill is an insectivore. Its favorites include large insects like katydids, locusts and praying mantis. Some have reported seeing the bird take on spiders and centipedes as well.

The bird has a habit of spending most of its time among the middle-story of the forest and rarely ventures to the upper canopy.

The call of the Banded Broadbill starts with a exclamatory wheeew! followed by a rising, tremulous (some describe as bubbling) whistle which lasts around 6-8 seconds. The call can be described as similar to that of a pea whistle rising in pitch. While similar to the call of the Black and Yellow Broadbill, the call of the Banded Broadbill lacks the winding startup at the beginning and is shorter in length.

The Banded Broadbill is a bird of Southeast Asia. Its range stretches from Burma in the west to Vietnam in the east and as far south as Indonesia. Despite its range, the bird is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Redlist due to deforestation (loss of habitat) and the cagebird trade, especially in countries with limited wildlife protection such as Borneo, Indonesia and Vietnam.

While this bird is present in most large forest blocks throughout Thailand, with a range stretching from the far north to the southernmost border with Malaysia. However, most birders find the easiest place to encounter it is at Kaeng Krachan National Park. Broadbills have a habit of building their nests suspended over a stream or river and in Kaeng Krachan many broadbills end up building their nests directly over the main track making it all too easy to spot them and observe their habits and behavior.

This photo was taken by Mr. Peter Ericsson in Borneo while on a scouting trip to the islands a few months back.

Categories: Bird of the Month

One Response so far.

  1. Dr Lee says:

    I want people stop killing birds for food. Please keep bird for our kids to study in the future.

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