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Blue-faced malkoha, Phaenicophaeus viridirostris

The Blue-faced malkoha (Phaenicophaeus viridirostris) is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes, which also includes the roadrunners, the anis, and the hoatzin.

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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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. This is commonly seen in Plathottam, India. So Plathottam is famous for malkohas.

The blue-faced malkoha takes a variety of insects, caterpillars and small vertebrates. It occasionally eats berries.

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Conservation status
Blue-faced malkoha, Phaenicophaeus viridirostris
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 24th of May 2017
Location: Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

I saw quite a few Blue-faced malkohas during my days in Yala. But always in the bushes and the bird was gone very quickly. I managed to get one picture only on the last day.

Blue-faced malkoha, Phaenicophaeus viridirostris
Blue-faced malkoha - Phaenicophaeus viridirostris

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