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Grauer's Broadbill
08 02 015 Pseudocalyptomena graueri
Common Name African Green Broadbill
Range Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Eurylaimidae
Genus Pseudocalyptomena
Species Pseudocalyptomena graueri
Conservation Status

The Grauer's broadbill or African green broadbill (Pseudocalyptomena graueri), is a species of broadbill in the Eurylaimidae family, and is monotypic within the genus Pseudocalyptomena. Its name commemorates the German zoologist Rudolf Grauer who collected natural history specimens in the Belgian Congo.


Baron Walter Rothschild, who described this species, considered it to be a flycatcher only superficially similar to the Asian broadbills of the genus Calyptomena, hence the name pseudo- or "false" Calyptomena. It now appears that it is an actual broadbill, one of only a few African representatives of a primarily Asian family.


It is bright green with a blue throat and vent and a small bill, quite unlike those of the other broadbills.

Habitat and Range[]

It occurs in tropical moist montane forest, and is endemic to the Albertine Rift Mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. In Uganda it is a rare resident at 2,100 to 2,200 metres in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.


This species is rare, and is threatened by habitat loss.