Since I’m Irish and its St. Patrick’s Day, I thought there should be some sort of shout out to it for today’s uncommon creature. But Ireland didn’t seem to have uncommon creatures specific to that region that weren’t mythological, so I just found a rare green bird instead. This is a green broadbill that lives in the evergreen forests of Borneo, Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula, where it frequents lowland and lower montane rainforests. Like so many creatures in this month’s adventure, it’s listed as vunerable on the endangered species list as its numbers are in decline due to habitat loss.

This is technically an Asian lesser green broadbill and a male version because of the bright color and black markings. The actual name is Calyptomena viridis, which honestly sounds less like a bird and more like a sexually transmitted disease, so I stuck with green broadbill for this description. These birds are a minor group of the broadbill family and they are quiet, solitary fruit eaters that are chunky and small (around 6 inches/15cm). And honestly, that’s about all there was to discover about them as there seems to be very little written that I could find in my slap dash lightning quick research.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day! Unless you could care less about that event, in which case I hope you just had a wonderful regular day. But, if nothing else, it’s a good day to pay homage to green, and hopefully this little green bird fits the broadbill for this lucky day.

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Permanent Green Pale, Sap Green, Azo Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Neutral Tint and Titanium White Gouache. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal



Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

56 replies on “The Green Broadbill

  1. Happy St Patrick’s Day, Charles O! I’ve just realised I’m not wearing anything green, thank goodness I’m on this side of the pond and in an area where nobody seems to much care.😉 And at least we won’t have to lower ourselves to pinching this little birdie, for he most certainly is kitted out in the right colour today – and absolutely beautiful greens they are too, marvellous stuff!

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  2. Cute! I like chunky birds 😀. Nice fresh looking sketch! Hey, how do you like the Pentalic? After much deliberation, I ordered one for my trip. Think it will be here tomorrow.

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    1. Hehe! Thanks Jessica!! 😃💚 Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And yay on the Pentalic! I love them…it’s all I use now. 300gsm and all cotton is hard to find in a sketchbook. Takes water really well and you can lift color without wrecking the page. Let me know how you like it!!!


  3. It takes a St Paddy’s day bird
    to help spread the word
    it’s not the color of skin
    that determines what’s in
    because that’s completely absurd

    So if you’re chartreuse, or kelly green
    tell others who may be mean
    all colors, shapes and sizes
    are God’s emerald prizes
    that rock the human scene

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