Family African and Green Broadbills (Calyptomenidae)

Least Concern

Whitehead's Broadbill (Calyptomena whiteheadi)


French: Eurylaime de Whitehead German: Schwarzkehl-Breitrachen Spanish: Eurilaimo de Whitehead

Calyptomena whiteheadi


, 1887,

#R, Mount Kinabalu, 3000 ft [c. 915 m], Borneo




N & C Borneo, probably along entire spinal range from Mt Kinabalu S at least to Kayan Mentarang and Mt Batu Timbang#R, although absent from several mountain areas.

Descriptive notes

24–27 cm; male 142–171 g, female 150–163 g. The largest green broadbill, with obvious black markings. Male has vivid green plumage, with forehead tuft... read more


Snoring, grinding or wheezing disyllabic calls characteristic, e.g. “toc-trrrr” with... read more


Montane forest, also forest edge; preference for tall growth, and not found in areas of stunted... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly fruits, some insects. Fruits vary in size from small berries up to drupes larger than plums, and recorded as taking the strong-... read more


Few records; breeding season probably at least Mar–Jun. One nest described, suspended from slender branch c. 15 m above ground,... read more


Normally resident. During severe drought conditions of 1997/98, one bird seen in forest at... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bornean Mountains EBA. Relatively common in suitable habitat, which remains extensive at its preferred... read more

Recommended citation

Bruce, M.D. (2018). Whitehead's Broadbill (Calyptomena whiteheadi). 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 20 November 2018).