Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Near Threatened

Black-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus diardi)


French: Malcoha de Diard German: Diardkuckuck Spanish: Malcoha ventrinegro

Melias Diardi


, 1830,

Java; error = Sumatra


At times placed with P. viridirostris, P. sumatranus and P. tristis in genus Rhopodytes. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. d. diardi (Lesson, 1830) – S Myanmar (Tenasserim), S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra.
  • P. d. borneensis (Salvadori, 1874) – Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

    36–38 cm; 55·8–75 g. Adult long-tailed, grey above, wings blue-green; grey below, belly blackish grey, undertail tipped white; crimson-red skin around eye... read more


    Sharp “pwew-pwew” call, also a soft, frog-like but far-carrying “taup” or... read more


    Forests and second growth, swampy jungle, bamboo, typically occurring in dense undergrowth and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including beetles, ants, mantids, grasshoppers and caterpillars.


    Breeds Jan and Mar in Malaysia, Apr in Myanmar. Nest a shallow saucer of fine twigs, 18 cm in diameter, 3–4 cm deep, lined with green... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Vulnerable to deforestation throughout its range, including Thailand, where species is still considered common. It appears to be rather uncommon in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Payne, R. (2019). Black-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus diardi). 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 on 13 December 2019).