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.
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.
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx fugax Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
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
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Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo. Retrieved on October 2, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/malaysian-hawk-cuckoo.