Green-billed malkoha

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Green-billed malkoha
Green billed Malkoha (Nepal).jpg
in Nepal
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cuculiformes
Family: Cuculidae
Genus: Phaenicophaeus
P. tristis
Binomial name
Phaenicophaeus tristis
(Lesson, 1830)
  • Rhopodytes tristis

The green-billed malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis) is a species of non-parasitic cuckoo found throughout Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The birds are waxy bluish black with a long graduated tail with white tips to the tail feathers. The bill is prominent and curved. These birds are found in dry scrub and thin forests.


Green-billed malkoha is about 50–60 cm centimetres long and weighs 100–128 g. It often has a clear white boarder to the red face patch salty grey on the face and neck. Adult green-billed malkoha has dark grey with green gloss above, oily green wings.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Its breeding habitat is Primary forest, second growth, dense thickets, scrub, cultivated areas, rubber plantations across south Asia east from Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka to the Southeast Asia.



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Phaenicophaeus tristis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.