Long-tailed Broadbill

Long-tailed Broadbill Psarisomus dalhousiae is distributed from the Himalayan foothills in India to the Greater Sundas. In China, nominate race is resident in western and southern Yunnan, southwestern Guizhou, and southwestern Guangxi. Mainly found in forests, to 1500 m. Almost exclusively insectivorous, capturing prey by sallying from perches and combing through foliage. Outside breeding season often in noisy flocks, including mixed-species flocks. Easily identifiable, with black helmet and lemon-yellow face, throat, and collar. Has pale blue spot on top of head and yellow spot above and behind eye. Upperparts green; wings green with black and azure on flight feathers. Long, azure, graduated tail; black undertail. Underparts paler green. Bill yellow; feet yellow-brown. Song a loud whistle of five to twelve high-pitched, evenly spaced notes, descending slightly. — Craig Brelsford


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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