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The long-tailed broadbill (Psarisomus dalhousiae) is a species of broadbill that is found in the Himalayas, extending east through Northeastern India to Southeast Asia. It is the only bird in the genus Psarisomus. The long-tailed broadbill is about 25 cm (10 inches) in length and weighs between 50 and 60 grams. It can be identified by its shrill call.

Long-tailed broadbill
Psarisomus dalhousiae - Kaeng Krachan.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Eurylaimidae
Genus: Psarisomus
Swainson, 1837
P. dalhousiae
Binomial name
Psarisomus dalhousiae
Jameson, 1835
In John Gould's Birds of Asia

The Long-tailed Broadbill displays a yellow plumage on the throat. Blueish-green plumage on the belly, back, and wings. The long-tailed broadbill is a forest bird that lives on insects. It is very sociable and normally travels in large, noisy parties except during the mating season. It builds a pear-shaped nest in a tree. The female usually lays between 5 and 6 eggs that are incubated by both sexes; both sexes also help to feed the young.

The scientific name commemorates Christina Broun, Countess of Dalhousie (1786–1839), wife of George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Psarisomus dalhousiae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

Prum, Richard O., et al. “Mechanism of Carotenoid Coloration in the Brightly Colored Plumages of Broadbills (Eurylaimidae).” Journal of Comparative Physiology B, vol. 184, no. 5, 2014, pp. 651–672., doi:10.1007/s00360-014-0816-1. Accessed 8 Nov. 2018.