These beautiful birds possess brilliant blue and yellow bills which are easily recognised in the field. The females are similar to the males except for a slightly smaller size.
Residents of forests and prefer areas with access to rivers, water edges, mangrove areas with Sonneratia trees and salt-water plants like Pandanus sp. Untidy nests jointly built by mating pair.
Feed on arthropods, berries, molluscs, crabs and small fish.
Locally extinct but rare visitors from Peninsula Malaysia drop by Singapore precincts, sending bird photographers into wild excitement.
- Black and Red Broadbill, Birds of Borneo by YC Lee https://youtu.be/Br4t-sP-yeg
- A Pocket Guide to the Birds of Borneo by Charles M. Francis © 2005
- The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula Volume Two by David R. Wells © 2007
- Biodiversity of Singapore: An encyclopedia of the Natural Environment and Sustainable Development © 2011 Edited by: Peter KL Ng, Richard T. Corlett and Hugh T. W. Tan
- Black and Red Broadbill by WF Chin (video documents a bird calling) https://youtu.be/PmYxfOLsjF8
- Black and Red Broadbill building nest in slow motion by Liewwk https://youtu.be/663tObRD7Is