Family Typical Broadbills (Eurylaimidae)

Least Concern

Grey-browed Broadbill (Serilophus rubropygius)


French: Eurylaime à sourcils gris German: Graubrauen-Breitrachen Spanish: Eurilaimo cejigrís

Raya Rubropygia


, 1839,

no locality = Nepal


Normally treated as conspecific with S. lunatus (previously split, when the two were thought to be sympatric), but differs in its mid-grey vs black supercilium (2); much narrower secondary bar, so that this and primary bar are not adjacent and do not form larger area of blue on wing as in other taxa (3); white subterminal spots on outer web of secondaries, forming white wing-flash (3); tips of longest primaries rounded with narrow white edges vs pointed with broad white edges (ns[3]); underparts darker, more uniform grey (ns[1]); greyer above (crown to back), with no hint of buff or rufous (all other taxa have strong wash of buff or rufous, except polionotus, which still shows trace of rufous on back and scapulars) (ns[1]). Moreover, female appears uniquely to lack white breast-line (greater sampling of taxa needed) and voice may be different#R. Monotypic.


NE India, Bhutan and NE Bangladesh E to W & NE Myanmar (Arakan, Chin Hills and Upper Chindwin E to R Irrawaddy).

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; 33–35 g. Adult differs from nominate S. lunatus in having dark grey lores, pale grey crown to upper mantle, darker brownish-grey rest of upperparts, silver... read more


Song apparently not documented. Calls include a shrill, sharp, staccato and upward-inflected “spik... read more


Found in tropical and subtropical broadleaf forest, as well as second growth and frequently in... read more

Food and feeding

Dietary records from India and Myanmar include grasshoppers, mantises (Mantidae), smaller unidentified insects, larvae, caterpillars, also... read more


At higher latitudes breeds in spring with arrival of rains, pattern coinciding with movements of the SW monsoon: season Mar–Jun in India... read more


Resident over most of range, but in Himalayan foothills apparently an altitudinal migrant, moving... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly considered common, but now disappearing or becoming uncommon to scarce over large areas, although still locally common in NE... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Grey-browed Broadbill (Serilophus rubropygius). 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 19 February 2019).