Black-and-yellow Broadbill takes a caterpillar

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On 27th May2009, Lim Poh Bee sent in his observation of the Black-and-yellow Broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus) made in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The bird caught a succulent caterpillar…

The Black-and-yellow Broadbill takes large arthropods. At termite hatch the birds sallies forth into the swarm and feast on the alate insects. No other foods are described by Wells (2007) except that fruit remains have been found among the stomach contents.

Wells, D.R., 2007. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. II, Passerines. Christopher Helm, London. 800 pp.

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