Oriental Bird Images

Chestnut-bellied Malkoha Phaenicophaeus sumatranus   - Adult
Chestnut-bellied Malkoha
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :trail along primary jungle, Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 12 October 2020
English synonyms:Rufous-bellied Malkoha
Bird Family :Cuculidae - Old World Cuckoos, Koels & Malkohas
Red Data Status :Near Threatened
Remarks :Observed a single Chestnut-bellied Malkoha foraging in the trees, as it often does, scampering and hopping from branch to branch. I saw it dislodge a large flying insect and, to my surprise, it did an aerial sally to chase after and obtain its prey; with wings and tail all spread out. Not seen this behaviour previously. Although called Chestnut-bellied, I think Chestnut-vented might be more apt. - Amar
Taxonomic Notes :Monotypic.