Silver-breasted Broadbill

Silver-breasted Broadbill Serilophus lunatus
17 cm

The silver-breasted broadbill occurs from India to the Greater Sundas. In China, atrestus is uncommon resident in southwestern Yunnan and elisabethae in southeastern Yunnan and southwestern Guangxi; polionotus is endemic to Hainan. Lives in various types of lowland forests, to 800 m. Frequents middle story and sub-canopy in search of insects, the bulk of its diet. Shy. Often in pairs or small groups, which are themselves sometimes part of larger mixed-species flocks. Small and stocky, toy-like, with broad black supercilium on mainly greyish head and yellow wash on lores. Mantle brown; rump, tertials, and uppertail coverts chestnut. Wings mostly black with blue flash and white tip. Tail black with outer tail feathers white; largely white from beneath. Underparts greyish white. Female slightly greyer; has narrow white necklace. Eye-ring yellow. Bill light blue, yellow at base; feet yellow. Piercing, two-note whistle. — 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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