The banded broadbill looks like a kookaburra got attacked with a paintbrush
By Bec Crew,
That’s what the banded broadbill (Eurylaimus javanicus) looks like.
An ill-informed rendition of a kookaburra made by someone who will not be told that a bird can’t be purple and black with random yellow splotches and an outrageously turquoise beak.
And why not bright blue eyes while we’re at it?
Endemic to the island of Java in Indonesia, the banded broadbill is a rare tropical bird that lives in moist lowland rainforests, using its broad, sturdy beak to snatch up insects mid-flight.
Moving in flocks of 20 or so, these birds construct large, complex nests that hang from suspended vines, draped in lichen and spider webs to obscure them from view.
Both the males and females take nest-building and egg incubation very seriously.
Members of the broadbill family (Eurylaimidae), which boasts some of the most incredible colour combinations in the world, the banded broadbill is related to pitta birds (family: Pittidae), found in Asia, Australasia and Africa.