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Chestnut-bellied Malkoha

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Photo by SeeToh Singapore, January, 2018
Photo by SeeToh
Singapore, January, 2018
Phaenicophaeus sumatranus
Photo by Jason TanJohore, Malaysia, November 2006
Photo by Jason Tan
Johore, Malaysia, November 2006


[edit] Identification

  • Dark grey back and underparts
  • Large orangy-red eye ring
  • Chestnut belly
  • Dull turquoise wings
  • Greenish-grey bill

[edit] Distribution

South-east Asia: found in southern Myanmar, southern Thailand, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.

[edit] Taxonomy

This species is often seen as monotypic[1], however, some authorities recognize three subspecies: sumatranus, minor, and rodolphi[2].

Some authorities place it in a different genus as Rhopodytes sumatranus[2].

[edit] Habitat

Mangroves, broadleaved evergreen forest and forest edges up to 1,000m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

The nest is a platform of twigs, placed in the fork of a tree.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes lizards, grasshoppers and caterpillars.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. BESGroup

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