Black-and-yellow Broadbill: male, female and juveniles

“I was driving on this road through this primary forest today when I heard the characteristic mews of this broadbill Black-and-yellow Broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus ochromalus) – above is a male, below is a female.

“I pulled the car over to try and identify the bird’s location and spotted two adults with prey, possibly for juveniles. All were animal prey. Prey under-described in my region (Wells 2007).

“I could not spot the nest but after some search discovered a young juvenile on the road ahead (above, below). It looked like it had just fledged and fortunately could just about flutter. After some attempts, with coaxing and calls from parents, it managed to reach a dark gully by the roadside and perch on a low branch.

“Some images of the juvenile showing features; bare-parts are not described locally. Note the pale blue-grey iris, bright yellow in adults. The mandible is tipped light yellow with the rest being flesh coloured as opposed to bright green and turquoise blue in adults. The cutting edge of mandibles is black in adults but yellow in this juvenile.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
29th July 2014

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: A road trail through primary jungle, adjacent to a river

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