Family Typical Broadbills (Eurylaimidae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Broadbill (Psarisomus dalhousiae)


French: Eurylaime psittacin German: Papageibreitrachen Spanish: Eurilaimo lorito

[Eurylaimus]. Dalhousiae


, 1835,

Himalayas, at 10,000 feet [c. 3050 m], northern India; this altitude is above normal range, and type probably from near Simla


Variation within accepted races unclear, and requires further study. In particular, birds from N Indochina (perhaps also S China), with more white in collar, sometimes separated as race assimilis; form divinus might also belong within hypothetical assimilis, but also said to be indistinguishable from some individuals of cyanicauda; birds from Peninsular Malaysia currently included in psittacinus, but are less distinctively patterned than Sumatran population and may be closer to nominate, or possibly represent an undescribed race. Five subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. d. dalhousiae (Jameson, 1835) – Himalayan foothills E from N India (Uttarakhand) and Nepal, SE Bangladesh#R, and from N Myanmar and S China (W & S Yunnan, SW Guizhou, SW Guangxi) S to N Thailand, Laos and C Vietnam (C Annam); reported also from SE Tibet.
  • P. d. cyanicauda Riley, 1935 – SE Thailand and Cambodia.
  • P. d. divinus Deignan, 1947 – S Vietnam (S Annam).
  • P. d. psittacinus (S. Müller, 1836) – Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra.
  • P. d. borneensis E. J. O. Hartert, 1904 – N Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

    23–26 cm, 64–67 g, 52·8 g (borneensis). Distinctive slim, very long-tailed, colourful broadbill. Adult of both sexes has black cap with blue crown... read more


    Series of loud, sharp, downward-inflected whistles, “tseeay” or “pseew”,... read more


    Large variety of forest habitats occupied over its wide range, including primary and secondary... read more

    Food and feeding

    Almost exclusively invertebrates, mostly insects; claims of fruit and berries eaten are unsupported. Recorded items cover orthopterans,... read more


    Relatively few documented records. Season Mar–Aug in Indian Subcontinent; from Apr in Myanmar, but fresh eggs found in Aug (probably... read more


    Resident in most of range; in Himalayan foothills, some altitudinal migration during cold weather. read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Occurs in many national parks and other protected areas throughout its range. Formerly common over most of its range, but now... read more

    Recommended citation

    Bruce, M.D. (2019). Long-tailed Broadbill (Psarisomus dalhousiae). 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 22 April 2019).