Green Broadbill

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Scientific Name: Calyptomena viridis

Malay Name: Seluwit Biasa

Chinese Name: 绿阔嘴鸟

Alternative Name(s): Little Green Broadbill

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: viridis, gloriosa, siberu.

Local Subspecies: viridis


Identification: Male has bright deep green overall plumage with broad tuft of feathers on top of bill, blackish patch on rear of ear-coverts and broad black bars on wing-coverts. Female resembles male but duller with no black markings. Juvenile resembles female but has paler breast and greenish-white vent.

Habitat: Usually found in forest but also wooded areas and gardens in Singapore.

Behaviour/Ecology: Frequents the middle and lower storeys.

Local Status: Very rare visitor

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2022 Calyptomena viridis)

Past records in our database:

Showing only accepted records. Note that records currently under review are also not displayed, and the list may not be a full list of records of this species in Singapore. For more details, check the database here.


BirdLife International 2022. Calyptomena viridis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2022.. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Wells, D. R. (1999). The Birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula (Vol. 1). Academic Press, London.

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