An ill-informed rendition of a kookaburra made by someone who will not be told that a bird can’t be purple and black with random yellow splotches and an outrageously turquoise beak. And why not bright blue eyes while we’re at it?
Endemic to the island of Java in Indonesia, the banded broadbill is a rare tropical bird that lives in moist lowland rainforests, using its broad, sturdy beak to snatch up insects mid-flight.
Moving in flocks of 20 or so, these birds construct large, complex nests that hang from suspended vines, draped in lichen and spider webs to obscure them from view. Both the males and females take nest-building and egg incubation very seriously.
Members of the broadbill family (Eurylaimidae), which boasts some of the most incredible color combinations in the world, the banded broadbill is related to pitta birds (family: Pittidae), found in Asia, Australasia, and Africa.
If you look at the rainbow pitta (Pitta iris) from northern Australia and the noisy pitta (Pitta versicolor) from eastern Australia, you can see a similar ‘color-blocking’ effect in the plumage, but pittas have a more delicate build overall.
One of the most amazing things about these birds – which brings a flood of color to the forests of our closest neighbors, but never quite made it to our shores – is the mind-bending diversity across the species.
There’s the brilliant green broadbill (Calyptomena Viridis) from the forests of Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay Peninsula – a tiny jewel-colored creature with a head that gives it a slightly off-kilter vibe:
The black-and-yellow broadbill is a tiny bird with a pink body, black and yellow wings, bright yellow eyes, and an aqua beak. Unfortunately, this adorable bird is threatened by habitat loss.
The discoveries were made between 2010 and 2014 by bird watchers from Myeik University, Myanmar Bird and Nature Society (MBNS), the Wildlife Conservation Society, Bird Tour Asia, Wildlife Sanctuary (Putao), and Flora and Fauna International. U Thein Aung of the Myanmar Bird and Nature Society said the forestry department will be notified of the new sightings. The department currently includes 1,056 species on its list. 49 of the 1114 species are globally threatened species, according to MBNS’s Daw Thiri Dae We Aung.
Its name is unique, it is all terrestrial or internationally known as Black and Yellow Broadbill (Eurylaimus Ochromalus). Classic fur color. Black dominates the top with yellow insertion on the wings and white spots on the tip of the tail.
The lower part is pinkly graded with a black ribbon across the upper chest. The size is also small, around 15 cm. Even so, his voice was shrill and easily recognizable. But make no mistake, at first glance the sound is similar to the jungle rain. The difference is that Eurylaimus Chromalus does not start his chirp with a preliminary whistle or a voice that slowly disappears.
Global ground rain has spread across Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, and Kalimantan. The habit in the forest is to hunt insects from low perches and like to linger in the lower canopy of trees. This species belongs to the Eurylaimidae tribe, namely Asian and African bird tribes, which have few members but have colorful feathers. Some types are fruit eaters. This lovely bird is included in the category of Near Threatened (NT) or Nearly Threatened on the IUCN Red List. In this May 2014 collaboration between Mongabay-Indonesia and Burung Indonesia, you can download a digital calendar for your gadget or computer. Just click on this link, and save it on your device.
Their song is described as “disproportionately loud.”
The song is disproportionately loud, a series of high-pitched coos that increases in pitch and speed, turning into a maddened series of loud whistles. Frequently gives a jay-like “jeer!” call.
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