Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo

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

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: Hodgson’s Hawk-Cuckoo, Large Hawk-Cuckoo

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

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

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

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


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

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Yong Ding Li (2008) Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoo, A Birder’s Headache