French: Malcoha sombre German: Großer Grünschnabelkuckuck Spanish: Malcoha sombrío
Other common names:
Sumatra; error = Bengal, India
Subspecies and Distribution
P. t. tristis
(Lesson, 1830) – N India from outer Himalayas (to 1800 m) and Kumaon E through Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan to Assam and Bangladesh, S to Madhya Pradesh.
P. t. saliens
(Mayr, 1938) – N Myanmar, N Thailand, N Indochina and S China (Yunnan, Guangxi and Guangdong).
P. t. hainanus
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1910) – Hainan I.
P. t. longicaudatus
Blyth, 1841 – S Myanmar, S Thailand and S Indochina to Peninsular Malaysia.
P. t. elongatus
S. Müller, 1836 – Sumatra.
P. t. kangeangensis
(Vorderman, 1893) – Kangean Is.
50 cm; 115 g. Adult tristis dark grey with green gloss above, oily green wings and tail, tail very long with broad white tips; lower belly grey to blackish; bare red... read more
A clucking and croaking frog-like call, “ko, ko, ko, ko”, sometimes ending with a run... read more
Primary forest, second growth, dense thickets, scrub, cultivated areas, rubber plantations, hill... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, large caterpillars, Orthoptera, also lizards. Feeds in dense foliage in thickets and trees.
Breeds Apr–Aug in India, May in Nepal, Mar–Sept in Myanmar, Jan–Mar in Peninsular Malaysia; young bird being fed by... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common or very common resident throughout much of its expansive range. Said to be fairly common in Nepal up to 700 m, but uncommon at higher... read more
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