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This record was submitted by Albert Low
on 06 May 2022.
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06 May 2022
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While undertaking a vigil for the (at that time) recently spotted Black-winged Flycatcher-Shrike with Vincent Ng, I was attracted to some movement in a fruiting Memecylon edule grove just in front of the shelter. Initially, a male Pink-necked Green Pigeon was in view, but then it was suddenly flushed by an unmistakable broadbill which stayed in view for all of 2 seconds before dropping into the undergrowth. Key features noted during this time was the red cheek and underparts, robust bluish bill and black upperparts. I exclaimed to Vincent that I had just seen a broadbill, and he quickly came over and we attempted to incite a response from the bird with playback. Unfortunately, no sooner had we started trying that the Flycatcher-Shrike started calling and we switched our focus to locate it. The bird was not seen or heard again for the rest of our time there, and we left about an hour after my initial observation.
Given the very brief nature of the observation, the bird displayed no behaviour of note beyond seemingly flushing another frugivore. However, in the context of the subsequent 5th May 2022 sighting, it may indicate that this particular individual has visited the area on multiple occasions and may not always be vocal when doing so, resulting in it being overlooked by observers there. Some of the social media posts describing initial observations of the bird also indicated that it was silently flying around the grove before later vocalising.
The habitat is the same cliffside coastal secondary forest with multiple nationally threatened fruiting plants that has been drawing in rarities during this period. Memecylon edule is a nationally Endangered shrubby tree and a grove is present right in front of the shelter and just before the grove of Knema globularia that the bulk of the rarities appear to interact with.
It was a sunny day with clear blue skies.
I have numerous records from riparian forests across mainland Southeast Asia and Borneo.
Observer's experience w/similar species
This species is unmistakable, particularly in the context of Singapore.