French: Phasianelle onchall German: Bindenschwanztaube Spanish: Tórtola cuco unchal
Other common names: Bar-tailed Cuckoo-dove
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. u. tusalia
(Blyth, 1843) – Himalayas from Kashmir and Garhwal E to Assam, Sichuan and SW Yunnan, and S in hills of Myanmar to Shan States.
M. u. minor
Swinhoe, 1870 – mountains of SE China (Fujian, Guangdong, Hainan) S to C Vietnam (Annam), Laos and Thailand.
M. u. unchall
(Wagler, 1827) – montane areas of Malay Peninsula, through Sumatra and Java to Bali, Lombok and Flores.
37–41 cm; 153–182 g. Forehead and throat buff merging into pinkish grey crown, ear-coverts and nape; green or purplish pink iridescence on hindneck; sides of... read more
Most common vocalization is a repeated overslurred hoot, preceeded by a soft introductory syllable... read more
Inhabits dense evergreen forest and secondary jungle at 450–2750 m in Himalayas. In Sumatra,... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, grain, buds, shoots, acorns, berries and small drupes constitute its diet. Occasionally feeds on the ground in open glades in forest... read more
In India and Nepal, breeds at least Mar–Jul; nests found Dec–Mar in Malaysia; no data on seasonality from Greater or Lesser... read more
Sedentary and resident throughout most of range, but Himalayan birds may move down to adjacent... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Considered common in S Vietnam and Thailand. Occurs throughout Sumatra, Java and Bali where said to be common, although less so than M. ruficeps... read more
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