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Sirkeer Malkoha Phaenicophaeus leschenaultii sirkee   - Nuptial display
Sirkeer Malkoha
Photographer : © Jugal Tiwari
Location :Kutch, Gujarat, India
Date : 20 February 2012
English synonyms:Sirkeer, Sirkeer Cuckoo, Southern Sirkeer (leschenaultii), Western Sirkeer (sirkee), Eastern Sirkeer (infuscata)
Bird Family :Cuculidae - Old World cuckoos, koels & malkohas
Bird Group :CUCULIFORMES
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :I found it very strange that the resident birds are breeding in the month of February, this I have not come across in my past over 15 years of stay and work on birds in Kutch.

Sirkeer Malkhoa 1 nest found in Acacia nilotica tree 3 metres from ground in the middle canopy. One of the birds was seen bringing food (crushed fruits of Salvadora persica) for the incubating partner.

I have seen the Common Wood Shrike, Sykes's Nightjar, Marshall's Iora, and resident larks in nuptial displays.

Generally, the resident birdlife of a desert would make nests with the onset of monsoon (June-September) to take the advantage of the abundant food supply. - JT