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African Broadbill

Smithornis capensis

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Small, chunky, brown-and-white bird that shows a very broad bill when seen from below. Found in forest and thick woodland. It is shy and inconspicuous except when displaying. Displaying birds fly in a tight circle, with the white rump feathers puffed out, making a loud braying sound by clapping the wings together at incredibly fast speed. Similar to Rufous-sided and Gray-headed broadbills, but lacks rufous on the breast.

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