Long-tailed broadbill (Lifer #364)
Psarisomus dalhousiae is the only species of the genus Psarisomus. Commonly known as Long-tailed broadbill, P. dalhousiae is a species of passerine birds that measuring about 25 cm in length and can be found in montane forests from about 800-2,000 m, in the canopy and middle storeys. This species normally travel in large, noisy groups except during mating seasons.
The adult of Long-tailed broadbills has a brilliant green body with yellow face and throat, a bright yellowish-green bill, black cap and a blue crown and nape, and lime-coloured ear tufts. This species also has black wings with large blue patches that appear white when seen from below and long graduated blue tail. While the juveniles have a similar appearance to adults but are duller with a green head. [Source: MyBIS]
The long-tailed broadbill is a forest bird that lives on insects. It is very sociable and normally travels in large, noisy parties except during the mating season. It builds a pear-shaped nest in a tree. The female usually lays between 5 and 6 eggs that are incubated by both sexes; both sexes also help to feed the young.
The long-tailed broadbill is found in the Himalayas and Myanmar and discontinuously found through South-East Asia and the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo. They are distributed in a variety of countries: India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China, Malaysia and Indonesia.
They are commonly found in broad-leaved evergreen forests, ranging in altitudes from 150 to 2500 meters. Their natural habitats include: forests, streams and creeks, tropical and subtropical moist lowland forests, tropical and subtropical moist mountain forests. They seem to have a habitat preference nears small bodies of water such as streams, freshwater and wetlands. They are resident, non-migratory species. The populations of long-tailed broadbills that live in the higher altitudes of the Himalayas often move down to lower altitudes during cold winter months.
The long-tailed broadbill's call is a series of loud, sharp, downward-inflected whistles, "pseeu..pseeu..pseeu" and "tseeay..tseeay" sounds on a descending scale. They may also make a sharp rasping "pseeup" sound. [Source: Wikipedia]
Name: Long-tailed broadbill
Scientific: Psarisomus dalhousiae
Malay: Takau Ekor Panjag / Takau Injap
IUCN Red List (v3.1, 2016): Least Concern
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Location: Pahang, Malaysia
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