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Red-faced Malkoha

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.

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