Scientific Name: Hierococcyx fugax
Malay Name: Sewah-Tekukur Melayu
Chinese Name: 马来棕腹鹰鹃
Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to the Greater Sundas
Size: 29 cm
Identification: 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 and uncommon visitor
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, Nov 2022, Dec 2022, Feb 2023, Mar 2023
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo)
BirdLife International. (2016). Hierococcyx fugax. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22728125A94971412.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
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.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo. Retrieved on May 29, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/malaysian-hawk-cuckoo.