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Red-faced Malkoha

From Opus

Photo © by Steve GSinharaja, Sri Lanka, July, 2009

Photo © by Steve G
Sinharaja, Sri Lanka, July, 2009
Phaenicophaeus pyrrhocephalus


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto © by Carol RushtonSinharaja, Sri Lanka, February 2016
Photo © by Carol Rushton
Sinharaja, Sri Lanka, February 2016

40–47 cm (14¾-18½ in); A large Malkoha with a long graduated tail:

  • Dark green back
  • Green edged with white uppertail
  • White belly and undertail, undertail barred black
  • Black throat and crown, white lower face
  • Large red patch around eye
  • Green bill
  • Dark iris

Sexes similar; the female has a white iris, juveniles duller

[edit] Similar Species

Blue-faced Malkoha: which doesn't have any red on the face.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to Sri Lanka.
Regularly seen at Sinharaja and other remaining rain forests.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Found in tall rain forest. Also in scattered riverine habitats in the dry zone.

[edit] Behaviour

A shy inhabitant of the tree canopy.

[edit] Diet

Feeds on insects (caterpillars, giant stick insects, mantises) and small vertebrates (eg lizards). May occasionally take berries.
Usually seen solitary, in pairs or small flocks. Joins bird waves.

[edit] Breeding

Breeds in the first half of the year (and probably also August to September). The nest is a shallow saucer made of grass, twigs and roots. It's placed in a high bush in a forest area with thick undergrowth. Lays 2 to 3 eggs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2019)

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