Alternative names: Sirkeer, Sirkeer Cuckoo, Southern Sirkeer
- Taccocua leschenaultii
42cm. Brown and rufous, long heavy tail edged with prominently white tipped graduated cross-rayed tail feathers. Bill is hooked, bright cherry-red and yellow. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller and barred above.
Three subspecies recognized:
- T. l. sirkee in Pakistan and northwest India
- T. l. infuscata in most of India
- T. l. leschenaultii in southern India and Sri Lanka
Largely terrestrial, open scrub and thorn jungle, deciduous secondary jungle.
From plains up to 1000m, usually lower.
A terrestrial species, forages mainly on the ground and often runs.
Feeds on large insects. Takes also lizards, berries and fruits.
Breeding season from June to September in India, June to July in Sri Lanka. The nest is a saucer made of twigs and green leaves. It's placed near the ground in a thorn bush. Lays 2 to 3 chalky white eggs. Both sexes incubate.
A resident species.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- 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) Sirkeer Malkoha. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 8 March 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Sirkeer_Malkoha