Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-billed Malkoha (Rhamphococcyx calyorhynchus)


Taxonomy

French: Malcoha à bec peint German: Buntschnabelkuckuck Spanish: Malcoha de Célebes
Taxonomy:

Phænicophæus calyorhynchus

Temminck

, 1825,

Sulawesi

.

Has been considered closely related to Phaenicophaeus curvirostris, which is sometimes placed (together with P. oeneicaudus) in present genus; all have previously been included in Zanclostomus. Proposed race centralis (from C Sulawesi) appears inseparable from meridionalis. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. c. calyorhynchus (Temminck, 1825) – N, E & SE Sulawesi and Togian Is.
  • R. c. meridionalis A. B. Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1896 – C & SW Sulawesi.
  • R. c. rufiloris E. J. O. Hartert, 1903 – Butung, off SE Sulawesi.
  • Descriptive notes

    53 cm. Adult back rufous-maroon above, crown and face dark grey, wings dark purple, tail black; throat and breast rufous, belly dark grey; iris red; bill deep, curved, yellow... read more

    Voice

    Call a short winding-up rattle.

    Habitat

    Inhabits secondary forest and forest edge, also coconut plantations, riverine vegetation near... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including hairy caterpillars, locusts and mantids, and beetles. Hops and creeps around the canopy like a squirrel; follows macaque... read more

    Breeding

    Breeds Nov–Dec. Nest undescribed. Eggs white; 36 x 31 mm; clutch size not recorded. Although apparently a nesting species, a juvenile... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Very little known about status, but occurrence at forest edge, in coconut groves and relatively near human habitation may suggest certain... read more

    Recommended citation

    Payne, R. (2017). Yellow-billed Malkoha (Rhamphococcyx calyorhynchus). 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/54843 on 22 June 2017).