Asian Green Broadbill or Takau Hijau in Malay is a small bird measuring about 19 cm long. It has a chunky and plump body, with a short tail and a large head.Its short beak almost covered by the green feathers (Strange & Jeyarajasingam, 1993). Takau Hijau can be found in lowland forests, in the middle and lower storeys, and often near the rivulets. It has an excellent camouflage and is difficult to spot among leaves. Both male and female has nearly same appearance except in some part. The male species has a fully emerald green plumage and has markings of black dots behind each of its ears, on its wings and neck, while the female is slightly dull and does not have black spots on its neck. This species feeds largely on soft figs.
It is often overlooked, as it sits motionless inside the canopy or just below, quickly flying to a new location if disturbed. Its foliage-green color provides excellent camouflage. It feeds largely on soft figs. The broadbill's feeding habits helps to distribute the seeds of the fig around the forest floor. The female usually lays between two and three whitish eggs, and the young fledge after twenty-two to twenty-three days.
Due to continuing habitat loss, the green broadbill is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. [Source: MyBIS & Wikipedia]
Name: Green broadbill
Scientific: Calyptomena viridis
Malay: Burung Seluwit / Takau Hijau / Takau Rimba Hujan / Takau Selawit
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2016): Near Threatened
Gear: SONY a1 + SEL200600G + SEL14TC.
Location: Hulu Langat, Selangor.
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