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Black-and-red Broadbill - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Common Rouge-et-noir Bird; Allied Broadbill

Includes: Arakan Black-and-red Broadbill

Photo by jaray
Kangkrajan National Park, Thailand
Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos


Size 20 - 24cm (7¾-9½)
Blackish upperparts, narrow white streak on wings, reddish maroon rump, black breast band separating reddish maroon throat patch and underparts together with blue maxilla and yellow mandible diagnostic.
Juvenile -Throat and breast grey-brown. From juvenile Banded Broadbill by lack of yellow on upperparts.


Nominate subspecies
Photo by dandsblair
Sabah, Borneo, September 2015

Myanmar and southern Indochina through Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Bangka, Belitung and Borneo.
Formerly common to abundant but population has declined considerably suffering from lowland deforestation. Still occurs in several protected areas in its range.


Photo © by Naturpix
Thailand, 2009

Subspecies affinis may be split as "Arakan Black-and-red Broadbill", C. affinis due to plumage differences and smaller size.


Rear view of plumage
Photo © by jbpixels
Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam, January 2020

Clements recognises the following subspecies [1]:


Forests, forest edges, plantations and mangroves fringes. Confined to the lowlands (up to 300m) in most of its range, occurs up to 900m in Sumatra.


Frequents the middle and lower storeys, usually near water courses. Generally unobtrusive, perching quietly in dense foliage. Will also perch on low branches overlooking water. Shy.


Feeds mainly on insects but takes also some fruit and other vegetable matter.


Nests are constructed mostly on branches overhanging water. Lays 2 - 3 eggs.


A resident species.


Voice - Short and coarse grating notes similar to cicades. Also a brief rising trill like Black-and-yellow Broadbill but shorter and softer.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2003. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 8: Broadbills to Tapaculos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334504

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GSearch checked for 2020 platform.