Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Sirkeer Malkoha (Taccocua leschenaultii)


Taxonomy

French: Malcoha sirkir German: Sirkarkuckuck Spanish: Malcoha sirkir
Taxonomy:

Taccocua Leschenaultii

Lesson

, 1830,

Madras, India

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Sometimes lumped into Phaenicophaeus. Proposed form vantynei (from Saurashtra, in W India) subsumed within sirkee, and affinis (NE India) synonymized with infuscata. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. l. sirkee (J. E. Gray, 1831) – Pakistan (Sind, Punjab) and NW India.
  • T. l. infuscata Blyth, 1845 – India in sub-Himalayan terai and duars from Kumaon through Nepal to West Bengal#R, and S to SC Maharashtra and N Andhra Pradesh.
  • T. l. leschenaultii Lesson, 1830 – S India and Sri Lanka.
  • Descriptive notes

    43 cm; 174 g. Adult sandy-rufous above with black shaft streaks to head and breast, long tail blackish brown with broad white tips on outer feathers, inner rectrices unmarked... read more

    Voice

    Silent; occasional shriek, “kek-kek-kek-kerek-kerek”.

    Habitat

    Dry deciduous secondary forest, scrub and bush, with undergrowth of lantana and thick grass, thorn... read more

    Food and feeding

    Large insects, grasshoppers, mantids, caterpillars, termites, also lizards, berries, fruits. Terrestrial, feeds mainly on ground, often... read more

    Breeding

    Breeds mainly Jun–Sept in India, Jun–Jul in Sri Lanka. Nest a saucer of twigs lined with green leaves, near ground. Eggs 2... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally a rather rare species; uncommon in S India. Its range extends from lowlands to foothills, to the level where tea and rubber plantations... read more

    Recommended citation

    Payne, R. (2017). Sirkeer Malkoha (Taccocua leschenaultii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/54840 on 25 September 2017).