Family Typical Broadbills (Eurylaimidae)


Mindanao Wattled Broadbill (Sarcophanops steerii)


French: Eurylaime de Steere German: Mindanaobreitrachen Spanish: Eurilaimo de Mindanao

Eurylæmus Steerii


, 1876,

Basilan, Philippines


Continues sometimes to be treated as conspecific with S. samarensis (which see). Race mayri possibly not always separable from nominate; further study needed. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. s. steerii (Sharpe, 1876) – SW Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula), Malamaui and Basilan, in S Philippines.
  • S. s. mayri (Salomonsen, 1953) – Dinagat, Poneas, Siargao and Mindanao (except SW).
  • Descriptive notes

    16·5–17·5 cm; 33·7–44·4 g (mayri). Distinctive eurylaimid with prominent blue eye wattles. Male has maroon-purple forehead... read more


    Poorly known; one call said to be a plaintive whistle.


    Rainforest; dipterocarp and mixed dipterocarp forest, including remnant patches, hillside secondary... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insectivorous, but no details of prey species. Forages at middle and lower levels, singly, in pairs, or in small flocks of up to 6 birds.... read more


    Few records; females with egg in oviduct in Apr–May, and immatures in Apr, Aug, Dec and Jan; main season probably Apr–Jun. Nest... read more



    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Uncommon to rare on Mindanao, Basilan and Malamaui; recently considered fairly common... read more

    Recommended citation

    Bruce, M.D. (2018). Mindanao Wattled Broadbill (Sarcophanops steerii). 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 14 December 2018).