Monday, 15 August 2016

Green-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis)

Adult Green-billed Malkoha (subspecies P. t. longicaudatus) at Genting Highlands, Malaysia - July 2016

OTHER NAMES: Greater Green-billed Malkoha, Large Green-billed Malkoha
Local Name (Malay): Cenuk Besar 
Featured Subspecies: Phaenicophaeus tristis longicaudatus
Weight: 114g
Length: 56cm
Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Malkohas are a group of exclusively tropical-Asian non-parasitic Cuckoos with seemingly a more omnivorous diet than the Cuckoo species of Europe - the word itself coming from the Sinhala language of Sri-Lanka and means "Flower Cuckoo".  As for the green-billed malkoha in particular, the name is a little misleading in as far as having a green bill is actually a fairly common feature within the family. More distinctive is that is is larger than the other family members in the region and has a comparatively plain plumage of greys and blue-greens.

Related Species:
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Genugs: Phaenicophaeus
Subspecies: P. t. tristis, P. t. saliens, P. t. hainanus, P. t. longicaudatus, P. t. elongatus, P. t. kangeangensis 

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A fairly common and widespread resident.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: A single bird sighted in the Genting Highlands

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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