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Blue-faced malkoha

Phaenicophaeus viridirostris


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.


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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Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 6 years ago

Thanks Sukanya :)

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 6 years ago

Thanks AshleyT :)

SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Congrats Nidhin.

AshleyT 6 years ago

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



armadeus.4 6 years ago

You're welcome Nidhin.

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 6 years ago

Thanks for the ID armadeus :)

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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