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Green Broadbill

Calyptomena viridis

Description:

The Green Broadbill, Calyptomena viridis, is a small, approximately 17 cm long, brilliant green-plumaged bird with a black ear patch, wide gape bill, rounded head, short tail and three black bars on wings. The beak itself is very weak and almost hidden by the crest above it. Both sexes are similar. The female is duller and has no black markings on its ear patch and wing coverts. The Green Broadbill is distributed in broadleaved evergreen forests of Borneo, Sumatra and Malay Peninsula and it frequents lowland and lower montane rainforest. It is often overlooked, as it sits motionless inside the canopy or just below, quickly flying to a new location if disturbed. It's foliage-green color provides excellent camouflage.

Habitat:

Rainforest exhibit

Notes:

Captive bird at the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, South Carolina.

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23 Comments

VincentVanur
VincentVanur 6 years ago

Really nice spotting

keithp2012
keithp2012 6 years ago

Amazing!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 6 years ago

Woah, that is wild, Liam! What an awesome bird, I've never seen one so green! Nice spotting, the photo is beautiful!

Spectacular spot, what a beauty !

Liam
Liam 6 years ago

Thanks guys! Very much appreciated!

patty
patty 6 years ago

Beautiful very green bird; it's amazing how its beak is even hard to see...that is a well camouflaged in the middle of the canopy bird ;)

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Lovely!

Helena K
Helena K 7 years ago

Since when are birds green?!?!?

harsuame
harsuame 7 years ago

Wooow que bello felicidades que imagen

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 7 years ago

What a beautiful bird. wonderful photo and information

Traveler
Traveler 7 years ago

Fantastic!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Wow amazing! Liam

KatCuff
KatCuff 7 years ago

My favorite color! So pretty!

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 7 years ago

That is the coolest color green on a bird!!!

GioeleBarsiola
GioeleBarsiola 7 years ago

That's looks almost unreal
Nice!!!!!!

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 7 years ago

Amazing! What type of camera/ lens do you have?

melissac
melissac 7 years ago

This is beautiful!

KeenanMcIver
KeenanMcIver 7 years ago

That lush color is unreal! Great job

cormoros75
cormoros75 7 years ago

Beautiful

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Lovely.

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 7 years ago

Great picture Liam!

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

You can also add it the Captive Animals mission since the bird is not in its natural habitat.

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 7 years ago

What a wonderful spotting Liam, well done !

Liam
Spotted by
Liam

Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Lat: 34.01, Long: -81.07

Spotted on Nov 6, 2010
Submitted on Jan 24, 2012

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