French: Malcoha sirkir German: Sirkarkuckuck Spanish: Malcoha sirkir
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.
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
Silent; occasional shriek, “kek-kek-kek-kerek-kerek”.
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
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
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
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