Family Typical Broadbills (Eurylaimidae)

Least Concern

Irrawaddy Broadbill (Cymbirhynchus affinis)


French: Eurylaime de l’Irrawaddy German: Burmabreitrachen Spanish: Eurilaimo del Irawadi

Cymbirhynchus affinis


, 1846,

Arakan (west Myanmar)


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. macrorhynchos, but differs in its smaller size (sample small, but at least 2); elongate crimson spots on wings (innermost secondary and outer web of next two) (3); much paler red underparts and especially rump, which also has narrow black edging (2); small but clear white flash in wing vs none or entirely vestigial (2); broader white tips to tail (ns[1–2]). Monotypic.


W & SW Myanmar.

Descriptive notes

20–24 cm. Upperparts, wings and tail chiefly black, and underparts crimson except for a broad black breastband. Eyes emerald-green, upper mandible blue, lower mandible... read more


No differences known compared to C. macrorhynchus.


Probably accepts a range of lowland forest types, frequenting gardens and the environs of towns and... read more

Food and feeding

No information.


Season reported to be Mar–Aug. Few details, but it is believed that most, if not all, aspects of breeding biology are similar if not... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very few data, but believed to be still reasonably common where suitable habitat remains, especially in coastal areas and on small... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Irrawaddy Broadbill (Cymbirhynchus affinis). 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 17 February 2019).