Serilophus lunatus is a bird species from the broadbill family that is commonly known as Silver-breasted broadbill. This medium-sized bird measures about 16-17 cm in length and like to consume invertebrates, primarily insects such as grasshoppers, mantises, caterpillars, larvae and small land snails. It is found in the montane forest up to about 800-1,600 m, in the middle storey and forest edges.
The Silver-breasted broadbill is monotypic as it is the only species within the genus Serilophus. It has a rusty-coloured head with an ash-grey forehead and a broad black supercilium (stripe) over its eyes. It also has white underpart, brilliant blue and yellow bill, black tail, bright rufous at the rump and upper wing coverts; and striking blue and black flight feathers. The female's appearance is similar to the male but with a narrow silvery white band across its breast, while the juvenile is slightly different and has shorter wings and tails with slightly darker plumage overall.
The photo is courtesy of Dr. Shaharudin Abdullah, taken at Bukit Tinggi. I have been trying since 2019 to capture the image of this magnificent bird but luck was not on my side. Will try again in May, especially during the nesting season for the silver-breasted broadbill. Stay tuned!
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