Most of us are not experts in bird-watching and sometimes find it hard to distinguish between birds that have similar features. However, once you lay your eyes on these distinctive avian creatures with their striking black and yellow cartoonish plumage, you won’t be able to forget or mix them up with any other bird species in the world.
Introducing the striking black-and-yellow broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus), a member of the suboscine passerine bird family known for their unique appearance! With their signature blend of black, white, yellow, and pink feathers and eye-catching bright blue bills, these birds are easily identifiable as broadbills.
The black-and-yellow broadbill is a bird species that can be found in Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, and Brunei. Its primary food source consists of insects, and it usually searches for food in lowland and hill forests, roaming with other bird species. This bird often perches and sallies out to catch its prey.
The sound produced by these creatures is notably loud in comparison to their size. They emit a range of high-pitched coos that gradually increase in pitch and speed, eventually transforming into a frenzied sequence of loud whistling sounds. Additionally, they are known to make a distinct “jeer!” noise similar to that of a jay bird.
The breeding cycle of the black-and-yellow broadbill commences as soon as the dry season arrives. It has been noted that both male and female birds perform wing displays before mating. Construction of nests is a shared responsibility between the two sexes, and they typically select locations at the fringes of clearings or above streams where there are no obstructions. However, their nests are susceptible to parasitism by cuckoos.
The IUCN Red List has designated this particular species as “near-threatened.” Unfortunately, their population is decreasing at a rapid rate due to various factors such as logging, land conversion, and wildfires that cause habitat loss.
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