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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

Identification

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

Distribution

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

Taxonomy

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

Habitat

Dense forest to riverine forest and forest edges.

Behaviour

Diet

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

Breeding

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.

References

  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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