The bird is about 17 cm long, plumaged in brilliant green with a black ear patch, widely-gaped bill, rounded head, short tail and three black bars on each wing. The beak itself is very weak and almost hidden by the crest above it. Both sexes are similar. The female is duller and has no black markings on its ear patch and wing coverts.
Distribution and habitat
It is often overlooked, as it sits motionless inside the canopy or just below, quickly flying to a new location if disturbed. It's foliage-green colour provides excellent camouflage.
It feeds largely on soft figs. The broadbill's feeding habits helps to distribute the seeds of the fig around the forest floor. The female usually lays between two to three whitish eggs, and the young fledge after twenty-two to twenty-three days.
Status and conservation
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- perrins, Christopher M. (2003). Firefly Encyclopedia of Birds (1st ed.). Firefly Books, Ltd. ISBN 1-55297-777-3.