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
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.
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.