Family Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Least Concern

Mentawai Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus oeneicaudus)


French: Malcoha des Mentawai German: Mentawai-Schimmerkuckuck Spanish: Malcoha de Mentawai

Phænicophæus œneicaudus

J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux

, 1855,

Mentawai Islands


Hitherto treated as subspecies of P. curvirostris, but differs in having shorter tail (effect size −1.79; score 1); all-green vs half-green, half-chestnut tail (underside is all dark bottle-green rather than all chestnut) (3); dark green vs chestnut belly (3); darker chestnut breast (1). Monotypic.

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Mentawai Is, off W Sumatra.

Descriptive notes

42–50 cm. Darker than any subspecies of previously conspecific P. curvirostris; has crown and nape black, back and wings dark glossy green, face dark maroon... read more


Vocalizations apparently undescribed.


Primary and secondary forest, as well as mangroves in lowlands, may tolerate human-modified... read more

Food and feeding

Nothing known, although diet and behaviour are presumably similar to P. curvirostris.


No information, even on seasonality.


Presumably strictly resident and sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Overall population unknown, with not even vague estimates of abundance available, but numbers are apparently considered to be stable. Restricted to... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Mentawai Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus oeneicaudus). 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 27 January 2020).