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Blue-faced malkoha

Phaenicophaeus viridirostris

Description:

This is a largish species at 39 cm. Its back and head are dark green, and the uppertail is green edged with white. The throat and belly are lighter green. There is a large blue patch around the eye and the bill is green. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller and barred above.

Habitat:

It is restricted to Sri Lanka and southern India. The blue-faced malkoha is a bird of open forests and scrub jungle. It nests in a thorn bush, the typical clutch being two, sometimes three, eggs.

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7 Comments

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 6 years ago

Thanks Sukanya :)

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 6 years ago

Thanks AshleyT :)

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Congrats Nidhin.

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Congrats Nidhin, this beautiful bird has been chosen as Spotting of the Day!

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armadeus.4
armadeus.4 6 years ago

You're welcome Nidhin.

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 6 years ago

Thanks for the ID armadeus :)

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 6 years ago

Hi Nidhin, I reckon this beautiful bird is a blue-faced malkoha (Phaenicophaeus viridirostris). Here is the link that I first looked at: https://pravesh2rajyapuraskar.files.word...

Beautiful images! Thank you for sharing :)

Nidhin Basheer
Spotted by
Nidhin Basheer

Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Oct 1, 2016
Submitted on Oct 1, 2016

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