Broadbills of Vietnam – Eurylaimidae

With 5 species Broadbills of Vietnam, there is not a species that look like the other in this family moreover each species they have 3 colors in their feather fur at least make them become one of the most beautiful birds in Vietnam. Besides the feather, their bill is truly like their name very large than their size

You may know: Dusky Broadbill has an appearance like an alien with a couple of big eyes, and an extremely large bill size.

The overview of Broadbills families

The Eurylaimidae are a family of suboscine passerine birds that occur from the eastern Himalayas to Indonesia and the Philippines. The family previously included the sapayoa from the Neotropics, the asities from Madagascar, and the Calyptomenidae from Africa and Asia, but these are now separated into distinct families

Most Eurylaimidae are found in forest, although some prefer forest edges and moreopen woodland habitats. Many species prefer the higher strata of forested habitats.

Many of the species are brightly coloured birds that present broad heads, large eyes and a hooked, flat and broad beak. They range from 13 to 28 centimetres in length, and live in the dense canopies of wet forests, allowing them to hide despite their brightly coloured plumage. The plumage of the juvenile eurylaimids is similar to those of the adults, differing in being duller and shorter-winged and shorter-tailed in some cases.

They are for the most part insectivorous and carnivorous. Prey taken includes insects, spiders, centipedes, and millipedes, as well as lizards and tree frogs. Prey is obtained by sallying from a perch to snatch it in flight, and gleaning the prey off leaves and branches while flying. Some species may take some fruit, but only the green broadbills of the genus Calyptomena and the Grauer’s broadbill are primarily frugivores (which also take some insects). Most Broadbills acquire food by gleaning or during short sallying flights from perches.

They are generally gregarious, with many species moving about in flocks of about 20 individuals. They attach their purse-shaped nests to suspended vines and leave a tail of fibres hanging below it. This gives the nest the appearance of random debris caught in the tree, an effect further enhanced by the birds covering the nest with lichen and spider webs. Broadbills typically lay two to three eggs.

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Broadbills of Vietnam Highlight Note

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Long-tailed Broadbill Psarisomus dalhousiae

Status: Common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tour cover: Exclude South Vietnam

Hotspot: Cuc Phuong, Da Lat, Kon Tum

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Dusky Broadbill Corydon sumatranus

Status: Scarce resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: South-East Vietnam

Hotspot: Cat Tien, Tan Phu

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Silver-breasted Broadbill Serilophus lunatus

Status: Uncommon resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Exclude Plains

Hotspot: Dalat, Bach Ma, Sa Pa – Fansipan

Broadbills of Vietnam

Black-and-red Broadbill Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos

Status: Scarce resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: South-East

Hotspot: Cat Tien, Ma Da, Tan Phu

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Banded Broadbill Eurylaimus javanicus

Status: Uncommon resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: South-East

Hotspot: Cat Tien, Ma Da, Tan Phu

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