Meet the Long-tailed Broadbill: A Cartoonish Bird with a Shrill Call

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Have you ever seen a bird that looks like it came out of a cartoon? If you live in or visit the Himalayas or Southeast Asia, you might encounter the long-tailed broadbill, a bird that has a bright yellow and black head, a green body, and a long blue tail. This bird is the only member of a unique genus, and belongs to a family of broad-headed birds with flat and wide beaks.

The long-tailed broadbill is about 25 cm (10 inches) long and weighs between 50 and 60 grams. It can be identified by its shrill call, which is a series of slightly wheezy descending whistles. It is very sociable and usually travels in small to medium-sized flocks, except during the breeding season. It feeds on insects and fruits, and moves through the middle and upper layers of the forest.

The long-tailed broadbill builds a pear-shaped nest in a tree, using plant fibers, moss, and spider webs. The nest has a side entrance and is lined with feathers and fur. The female lays five or six eggs, which are incubated by both parents. Both parents also help to feed the young, which fledge after about three weeks.

The long-tailed broadbill is not threatened by extinction, and has a wide distribution across Asia. However, it may face some threats from habitat loss and degradation due to logging, agriculture, and human development. It is also sometimes captured for the cage bird trade.

The long-tailed broadbill is a fascinating and beautiful bird that deserves our attention and admiration. If you ever have a chance to see one in the wild, you will be amazed by its vibrant colors and lively behavior. It is truly a wonder of nature.


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By Dibyendu Ash – The species Long-tailed Broadbill had been photographed from Naina Devi Himalayan Bird Conservation Reserve in Uttarakhand, India on 27.05.2016.Previously published: Yes, this image file has been uploaded elsewhere in other ornithology portals and websites; in may be used in print media in future., CC BY-SA 4.0,

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