Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves (Birds) Order: Cuculiformes Family: Cuculidae
Red-faced Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus pyrrhocephalus) is a scarce and very elusive resident in south India (Kerala and Sri Lanka). Size: 46 cm
Identification: The Red-faced Malkoha has a heavy apple-green bill and a red face patch. Black breast, white malar stripe and white underparts. The tail is long and graduated. Feet and legs are slaty-blue or bluish-green.
Habitat: Humid and heavy forest with tall trees and dense, tangled undergrowth. Not found above 1500 m.
Food: Mainly forest berries and occasional insects.
Call: Very silent; occasionally utters short yelping whistle.
Breeding: April and May in Kerala. 2 to 3 chalky white eggs; laid in a saucer-shaped nest placed on a shrub in dense forest.