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Sirkeer Malkoha or Sirkeer Cuckoo

Phaenicophaeus leschenaultii


Size: A largish bird at 42 cm. Appearance: Mainly earthy brown and rufous in colour, and the long heavy tail is edged with prominently white tipped graduated cross-rayed tail feathers. An obvious relation of the Coucal (Crow Pheasant).[2] Bill is hooked, bright cherry-red and yellow. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller and barred above. Behaviour: Stalks about amongst thickets like Crow-Pheasant, searching for food; insects, lizards, fallen fruits and berries, etc. Runs swiftly through undergrowth looking like mongoose. Feeble flier, but ascends trees rapidly, hopping from branch to branch with great agility, like the Coucal. Call: Normally a subdued "bzuk... bzuk" ; also an alarm call of "p'tang" with a metallic quality.


Habitat: Largely terrestrial, open scrub and thorn jungle, deciduous secondary jungle. Singly or in pairs.

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KarenL 10 years ago

Very nice!

Atul 10 years ago

Lovely first spot !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Excellent spotting. Welcome.

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

You're welcome. Looking forward to more wildlife spottings from you.

shrikalk 10 years ago

Thank you guys.... I would love to share more n more spottings. I really liked project Noah...

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Lovely spotting,

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Beautiful first spotting shrikalk! Welcome to Project Noah!

Spotted by

Murwara, India

Spotted on May 30, 2012
Submitted on May 30, 2012

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