Dr Jonathan WK Cheak’s images of the male (above left) and female (above right) Banded Broadbill (Eurylaimus javanicus) no doubt help birdwatchers to recognize the sexes. However, his acute sense of observations on the habitat of the different species of these broadbill will no doubt help birders and photographers to track them down.
“Now that I have studied their behaviour and habitat, I was able to track down three separate pairs. Hence was able to get better images of the male. The distinct differences would be the neck band. They are more wary than Black-and-yellow Broadbills (E. ochromalus), larger, prefer thicker foliage, higher perches. Their flight bounds are around 20m-30m and they go for lookouts where they feel safe as they investigate.”
Broadbills are essentially forest birds, although some may venture out to forage, like Banded Broadbill.
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