Long-tailed Broadbill Psarisomus dalhousiae
Long-tailed Broadbill, Deothang, Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image

Deothang, Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan
April 2008

The Long-tailed Broadbill is distributed in the foothills of the Himalayas from Nepal eastwards and into southern China, Indochina and south through the Malaysian Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo.

Long-tailed Broadbill, Deothang, Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image It is a suboscine passerine (a perching bird with a small repertoire of unvarying songs and calls) and is unusual because the Broadbill family is one of the few families of suboscine passerines found in the Old World and comes from an ancient lineage. Suboscine passerines are much more common in the New World: Ovenbirds, Woodcreepers, Antbirds, Tapaculos, Tyrant Flycatchers and Cotingas amongst others.
Long-tailed Broadbill, Deothang, Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image This small and attractive bird is quite distinctive with its black "helmet", light blue crown patch, yellow chin and throat and long blue tail.

It feeds on a wide variety of invertebrates, mainly insects.

The specific name comes from Christina, the wife of the Commander-in-Chief of the East Indies from 1829 to 1832, the Earl of Dalhousie.

Long-tailed Broadbill, Deothang, Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image There are recordings on xeno-canto and additional information is available via Avibase.
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