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, Nov 2022, Dec 2022

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

BirdLife International. (2016). Hierococcyx fugax. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. 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.