Monday, August 9, 2010

Black And Yellow Broadbill

Their striking, bold colors coupled with those disproportionately large head, make them look almost like 
clowns, but to me, they are among the most adorable bird to look at and have been my most favorite target bird.   These are ‘cool’ birds, their habit of staying motionless on their perch make them quite easy to photograph. Listening to their songs evoke a feeling of calmness and tranquility in me. The quickening tempo and abrupt end of the songs mimic those R&B and Jazz music.  
They are usually found near rivers and streams in matured broad leaved forest. I’ve photographed them at various places including Ulu Trengganu, Ulu Kelantan, Ulu Perak and Kemensah area. Here  are some of the images of this wonderful bird that I’d like to share  with you.

These were shot near Sg. Buluh Nipis, in Ulu Trengganu. I was walking along the river bank when I heard that familiar ‘soothing’ song of this bird. I slowly moved in as close as I could and fired away  several shots.

As usual, shooting under thick canopy cover was a real challenge, available light seemed to be at a real premium. Seen here is a male bird identified by the full black ring around the neck

The size and shape of the bill justifies the name ‘Broadbill’

In order to keep the post small, I’d post the other images in my future posting.


  1. Unreal! Like a child invented a colourful bird with a box of many colours. Great pictures Ari and you are too modest in saying the bird doesn't move much - its never easy to get photographs of any bird.

  2. i am never gonna be tired of seeing this cute fella...nicely done.

  3. One of my favourite broadbills!
    I always love to see those colours in the dense forest. The Green and Black&Red Broadbill would be my other favs.

  4. What a colorfull and interesting bird! Great blog you have, the images are all nice and i am discovering so many new birds!