Chestnut-bellied Malkoha

Scientific Name: Phaenicophaeus sumatranus
Malay Name: Cenuk Perut Coklat
Chinese Name: 棕腹地鹃

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo


Size: 40-40.5 cm

Adult is distinctively looking with greyish head and mantle, metallic bluish-grey wings and tail, greyish breast and chestnut rest of underparts, greenish bill and orangey facial skin. Juvenile resembles adult but has shorter tail and duller overall plumage, bill and facial skin.

Habitat: Forest and forest edge.

Behaviour/Ecology: Despite being a member of the cuckoo family, malkohas do not lay their eggs in the nests of other birds but instead construct nests and raise their own chicks.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Dairy Farm Nature Park and Kent Ridge Park.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Phaenicophaeus sumatranus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.