The Green Broadbill

Green Broadbill Doodlewash Asian bird in green watercolor sketch and illustration

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



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  1. Jacob 7 years ago

    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!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jacob!! Hehe… “Pinch the birdie” …now there’s a euphemism that’s really cute!! Lol This little bird was the only green thing I could find since I’d just doodlewashed a frog. Hehe 😊

  2. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    As daring as your bird is, green hasn’t exactly been a lucky color for it, has it? You got a gorgeous hue on him though…a brilliant green without being garish! <3

  3. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    The Green Broadbill is beautiful bird, I love the green shades. Beautifully Doodlewashed Charlie and Happy St. Pat’s Day.

  4. Jodi 7 years ago

    You brought a green smile to my face and heart! Happy St. Patrick’s Day AND happy regular day! 🙂

    • Author

      Awww and I’m sure you looked lovely in your green smile my dear!! 💚😃 Yay! Hope both of yours days were wonderful as well!! Hehe

  5. memadtwo 7 years ago

    Seriously, you’re Irish?! Happy St. Paddy’s day Charlie, and don’t drink too much green beer (or champagne as the case may be)! And I’m sure they are celebrating in Borneo…

    • Author

      What?!!! They make green champagne?! Sign me up for that!! As it was I just had a regular glass of Guiness and called it good. Lol…I don’t party much these days 😊

  6. Susan Feniak 7 years ago

    Happy St. Patricks Day Charlie!

  7. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    Hope you are enjoying a pint of green beer, Charlie, O’friend! 🍀🍺🌈 Your green bird fits the bill for celebrating this fine day! Cheers! 🍷😜

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jill!! 😃💚 Happy St. Patrick’s Day! They didn’t have green beer where I went sadly…hehe… and I really do prefer red wine, which they’d have a devil of a time making green I’m sure! Lol

  8. Jessica Seacrest 7 years ago

    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.

    • Author

      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!!!

  9. VE 7 years ago

    Beautiful green bird! Happy St.Patrick’s Day 🙂

  10. Carol 7 years ago

    Charlie, you cracked me up with your thoughts on the scientific name of the bird! Happy St. Patty’s Day from this original McGill! ☘🍺💚🍻☘

    • Author

      Hehe…I should probably have an editor…I just sort of think as I type. 😊lol Thanks so much Carol!! 😃💚 Hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!!

  11. Curious to the Max 7 years ago

    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

  12. artandmoondreams 7 years ago

    Such a darling little bird! Your painting is lovely. Hope things get better for this fellow and his feathered kin. May your St. Patrick’s Day be happy and green.

    • Author

      Thanks so much Haunani!! 😃💚 yeah…here’s hoping this little creature sticks around for a long time!! Hope your day was wonderful as well!!

  13. Teri C 7 years ago

    This green guy was perfect for your day. Happy St. Patrick’s Day Charlie.

  14. Happy st Patrick’s day for yesterday Charlie. Now that is a green, just perfect. Thought you may like to take a look at this link,
    the shamrock macaw, with some stunning colours, it is a hybrid, so could be classed as unusual, but not in an odd looking way.

  15. debiriley 7 years ago

    love your doodlewash Brilliant Green birdie for St Pats day!! he is an eye popping bird!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Debi!! 😃💕 Knew I needed at least a little green in honor of the day and then found this all-green guy! Hehe

      • debiriley 7 years ago

        you’re welcome, Mr. O’Shields!! you, of course, HAD to do something for St Paddy’s day. Irish tradition 🙂 Mrs. Riley

  16. kathiwerner 7 years ago

    Lovely drawing of this cute little St Patricks bird! Hope you enjoyed the day with some guiness or whatever is suitable for st Patricks day!

  17. So sweet, Charlie and what a cool looking bird into the bargain! Happy St Pat’s, my friend! 💚💚💚💚💚

    • Author

      Thanks sis!! Sort of just picked the greenest rare bird I could find…though was this close to doodlewashing the Irish Salmon of Knowledge. But it’s not quite real. Hehe Hope you had a wonderful day yesterday (and an even better one today!!) 😃💚💚💚

  18. itsmyhusbandandme 7 years ago

    Perfect choice!

  19. Tom Merriman 7 years ago

    Hope you had a good green day, Charlie – you found a splendid representation!

  20. Rob 7 years ago

    Dang, I’m late to the party. Happy St. Patrivk’s Day!

  21. Kari 7 years ago

    What a beautiful green! Fitting for St. Patrick’s day! He is so very cute, how can any female resist him! ❤️

  22. Cathe 7 years ago

    A few days late but what a great bird to celebrate St. Patrick’s day Charlie O!

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