Family Typical Broadbills (Eurylaimidae)

Least Concern

Banded Broadbill (Eurylaimus harterti)


French: Eurylaime à collier German: Hartertbreitrachen Spanish: Eurilaimo bandeado

Eurylaimus javanicus harterti

van Oort

, 1909,

Deli, Sumatra


Hitherto considered conspecific with E. javanicus, although long recognized as a potential split. Races friedmanni and pallidus frequently lumped into nominate but without firm arguments#R, so further study required; birds from Belitung I named as race billitonis, but identical to some of nominate race. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. h. friedmanni Deignan, 1947 – SE Myanmar, Thailand (S to Isthmus of Kra) and Indochina.
  • E. h. pallidus Chasen, 1935 – S Thailand (S from Isthmus of Kra) and Peninsular Malaysia; formerly also Singapore.
  • E. h. harterti van Oort, 1909 – Sumatra, Riau Archipelago (Bintan), Bangka I and Belitung I.
  • E. h. brookei Robinson & Kloss, 1919 – Borneo and N Natuna Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    21·5–23 cm; 74·7–87·5 g (pallidus), 73–87 g (brookei). A large, distinctive broadbill with purple, yellow and black plumage. Compared to other races,... read more


    Typical song a far-carrying, brief, sharp “wheeoo”, sometimes preceded by 4–9 well-spaced,... read more


    Variety of forest types, including logged forest, but particularly evergreen and mixed deciduous... read more

    Food and feeding

    Predominantly insects, including orthopterans (grasshoppers, crickets, katydids), various beetles, homopteran and heteropteran bugs,... read more


    Breeds mainly during dry period following NE monsoon, with apparently extended season in S: Mar in S Myanmar, Jul and Dec in Thailand, Jun... read more


    Resident, although records from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in early 1990s suggest wandering behaviour... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon or locally common in Indochina, rare in N Thailand; locally common in suitable habitat in S part of range, but rare in NW... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Banded Broadbill (Eurylaimus harterti). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 February 2019).