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The banded broadbill (Eurylaimus javanicus) is a species of typical broadbill found in Mainland Southeast Asia and the Greater Sunda Islands. It inhabits a variety of forests, mostly in lowland areas. A striking, large-bodied bird, it is mostly purplish-red, with yellow-streaked black wings, a bright blue beak, a blackish face, and greyish chin and upper breast. Females can usually be told apart from males by their lack of a neckband. The species mainly eats arthropods, but also feeds on snails, lizards, frogs, and figs. Breeding occurs during the dry season on the mainland, from March to November in the Greater Sundas, and year-round on Java. Nests are built over clearings or water bodies and have clutches of two or three eggs. The banded broadbill is sometimes split into two species, E. javanicus and E. harterti, including by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which classifies E. javanicus as being near-threatened and E. harterti as being of least concern. (Full article...)

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