Black & Red Broadbill

My latest illustration effort is centred on the Black & Red Broadbill—don’t ask me why they call them that when their bills are mainly blue and yellow. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ This one came out a little more caricaturish but I like it. ☺️

Black and Red Broadbills are these adorable little birds that have black heads and upper bodies, but their underparts are a bright red colour. You can find them in Southeast Asia, in places like Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, where they live in the rainforests. They mostly eat insects, but sometimes they’ll also munch on fruit or small animals like lizards and frogs. These birds are pretty loyal – they mate for life!

Black and Red Broadbills build their nests in trees using stuff like spider webs and plant fibres. When baby Black and Red Broadbills are born, they’re completely naked and blind, and they need their parents to feed them until they can fly. These birds have a really cool song that sounds like a bunch of clicks and whistles.

Birdwatchers love Black and Red Broadbills, and they’re even kept as pets in some parts of Asia. Luckily, these birds aren’t in any immediate danger – the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists them as a species of least concern. The scientific name for these cuties is Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos.

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Original photos credit: Allan Seah

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