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Black And Yellow Broadbills Look Like Adorable Cartoon Birds

Amy Pilkington 17 Jun 2020

As an artist, I often get myself lost in the minutiae of mixing just the right color or getting the proportions of my subject "perfect." Sometimes, I wish I could return to the freedom of making art as a kid, when all I had was a cheap 12-pack of Crayola crayons and some old copy paper.

Realism and form weren't the point. Imagination was, and natural colors were just a suggestion.

The Yellow and Black Broadbill feels like a bird I might have dreamed up back then.

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I mean, how else does nature come up with a tiny bird with a pink body, black and yellow wings, bright yellow eyes, and an aqua beak?

Clearly, Mother Nature was running low on crayon colors that day.

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And I mean that in the best way.

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I mean, how could you frown at a bird that looks so much like a cartoon character?

These colorful dudes are found in Southeast Asia, in the hills and lowland forests of Thailand, Indonesia, and surrounding countries.

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Sadly, this species is currently listed as "Near Threatened."

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According to the IUCN Red List, they are threatened by habitat loss to the local logging industry. There aren't any specific conservation efforts in place, though some areas of habitat are included in land protection initiatives.

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Perhaps my favorite detail is that their song is described as "disproportionately loud."

The song starts cute enough as a series of short coos, but quickly increases in speed, pitch, and volume.

It's both hilarious coming from such a small bird and incredibly annoying. Which is quite the feat.

h/t:Birdorable, eBird

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