Conservation status Near threatened
This is a large black bird with a red and yellow head. Females also have some red in the wings. It has a massive heavy black hooked bill and a short tail. The crown of the head has short, coloured projections like bare feather shaft, hence the name 'Bristlehead'.
The Bristlehead is found in lowland swamps and forests. It feeds on insects and other small invertebrates and reptiles. It is a noisy species making a variety of unmusical calls.
The relationships of this species have been controversial.
- Family: Pityriaseidae
- Bornean Bristlehead, Pityriasis gymnocephala
- BirdLife International (2004). Pityriasis gymnocephala. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is near threatened