Dusky Broadbill

About Dusky Broadbill

Stout-bodied bird with a large head, massive, very broad, flattened, hooked bill and short tail; third and fourth toes are partly fused. Color is dull blackish with buffish throat and narrow white band near tip of tail; concealed yellowish-orange streak on back; wingbar broad white; legs blackish; bill pinkish or yellowish.

This bird breeds in the wet season. Several birds may help to build a pear-shaped nest of stems, roots, grass, leaves, spider webs, and other material, with a opening on the side, hung by a cord of plant fibers from a branch, almost always over a river. The female will lay 2-4 speckled eggs which are incubated by both parents.

The Dusky Broadbill is a very social bird, living in a group up to about 10 birds, even when they are in breeding season. The Dusky Broadbill will start breeding in the dry season so that the
chicks hatch in the wet season when there is enough food for the chicks to make it to adulthood.

The nest of the Dusky Broadbill is a hanging nest which is often 6 1/2 feet (2m) long or tall. The bird uses sticky spiderwebs on the outside and bottom of the nest to attach a wide range of material, such as caterpillar droppings, insect cocoons, spiders’ egg-bags and living green leaves. This is used for camouglage, helping to keep predators, such as rats, lizards or snakes, from reaching the nest.

Dusky Broadbills are most active at dawn and at sunset.