- Hierococcyx fugax
- Slate-grey upperparts with brownish wings
- Grey and black banded tail with broad black subterminal bar and rufous tip
- White moustache and supraloral area
- Whitish underparts with pale rufous-brown streaks
- Yellow eye-ring
- Large yellow bill with black tip
Sexes similar. Juveniles with buff edged feathers, tail with a broad white tip and streaked and spotted black below.
Larger billed and with more rounded wingtips than similar Northern Hawk-Cuckoo and Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo. Juvenile generally has whiter and cleaner underparts than Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo juvenile which often has a slight rufous orangy wash. Its tail-band is evenly spread while the penultimate dark tail-band of Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo is narrowest.
This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Philippine Hawk-Cuckoo, Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo and Northern Hawk-Cuckoo.
Some authorities view Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo as belonging to genus Cuculus.
Found in deciduous semi-evergreen and evergreen forest. Also in secondary forest, bamboo thickets and plantations. Up to 1400m in Sumatra.
Feeds on insects, mainly caterpillars. Takes also fruits and berries.
Forages in bushes and understorey.
A resident species.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334221
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 11 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Malaysian_Hawk-Cuckoo