Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Near Threatened

Black-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus diardi)


Taxonomy

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

Melias Diardi

Lesson

, 1830,

Java; error = Sumatra

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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.

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    Resident.

    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. (2017). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54836 on 20 November 2017).