Green Broadbill (Calyptomena viridis)

Also known as the lesser green broadbill, the green broadbill is a species of broadbill (Eurylaimidae) which occurs in broadleaved evergreen forests in BOrneo, Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. They are also known to occur in lowland and lower montane rainforests as well. Green broadbills generally occupy the canopy, where they feed almost exclusively on soft figs. To the point where they are a major aid in helping fig seeds distribute around the forest floor. 


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Images: Oreopium and Doug Janson


Violet Turaco (Musophaga violacea)

Sometimes known as the “violaceous plantain eater” the violet turaco is a species of turaco (Musophagidae), that occurs in west Africa, ranging from Senegal through Nigeria, with an isolated population in Chad and the Central African Republic. Violet turacos are social birds, travelling in large flocks in tropical savannas, wetlands, woodlands and forests. Like other turacos, violet turacos feed mainly on fruits, with an affinity for figs, they will also feed on invertebrates, leaves, buds, and flowers.


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Images: Doug Janson and DickDaniels

Sumatran Trogon (Apalharpactes mackloti)

…a species of trogon (Trogonidae) which is endemic to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, as evidenced by its common name. Sumatran trogons typically inhabit subtropical and tropical moist montane forests, and like other trogons feeds mainly on insects and fruit. A. mackloti was formerly considered conspecific with the Javan Trogon (A. reinwardtii) but after new evidence was obtained the two were split. 


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Image: Doug Janson