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Green Malkoha - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Steve G
Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Kenya, July, 2012

Alternative names: Whistling Yellowbill; South African Yellowbill

Ceuthmochares australis


  • Grey belly, head and throat
  • Heavy yellow bill
  • Green tail, wings and back


From Ethiopia to western Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and eastern South Africa.


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly considered conspecific with Blue Malkoha under the name Yellowbill.


Dense forest to riverine forest and forest edges.



The diet includes caterpillars, beetles, grasshoppers and crickets, frogs, slugs. Also fruit, seeds and leaves.


This cuckoo species does not parasitize other nests, both adults caring for their own young.

They build a rough nest of sticks suspended around 2-5 m above the ground. The clutch consists of 2 whitish-creamy eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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