Long-tailed Broadbill

Long-tailed Broadbill
Noisy, gregarious, and flamboyantly colored, Long-tailed Broadbill Psarisomus dalhousiae provide unforgettable moments to the birder. Nonggang (22.464858, 106.948692), Guangxi, China, elev. 240 m (770 ft.), December. (Craig Brelsford)
Long-tailed Broadbill
Ruili, Yunnan, China, February. (Craig Brelsford)

Long-tailed Broadbill Psarisomus dalhousiae occurs from Himalayan foothills in India to Greater Sundas. In China, dalhousiae resident western and southern Yunnan, southwest Guizhou, and southwest Guangxi. HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Forests, to 1500 m (4,920 ft.). Almost exclusively insectivorous, capturing prey by sallying from perches and combing through foliage. Outside breeding season often in noisy flocks, including mixed-species flocks. ID Distinctive, 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. BARE PARTS Bill yellow; feet yellow-brown. VOICE Song a loud whistle of five to twelve high-pitched, evenly spaced notes, descending slightly. — Craig Brelsford


shanghaibirding.com covers all species in the family Eurylaimidae in China:

Long-tailed Broadbill Psarisomus dalhousiae
Grey-lored Broadbill Serilophus rubropygius
Silver-breasted Broadbill S. lunatus


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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