Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Hierococcyx fugax
Malay Name: Sewah-Tekukur Melayu
Chinese Name: 马来棕腹鹰鹃

Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to the Greater Sundas


Size: 29 cm

Both adult and juvenile resembles juvenile Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo but has darker brown upperparts, generally whiter and cleaner underparts with dark-brownish spot-like streaks at breast, prominent whitish patch at nape and evenly spaced tail-bars.

Similar looking species: Large Hawk-Cuckoo, Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, wooded areas and mangroves.

Behaviour/Ecology: Known only to brood parasite on White-rumped Shama.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, former Bidadari Cemetery and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Featured reports: Mar 2022, Apr 2022

BirdLife International. (2016). Hierococcyx fugax. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Yong, D. L. (2008). Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoo: A Birder’s Nightmare. Singapore Avifauna, 22(1), 12–17.