|Chestnut-bellied malkoha (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus)|
Malkohas are large birds in the cuckoo family Cuculidae, all in the genus Phaenicophaeus. The group name is derived from the Sinhala word for the red-faced malkoha; mal-koha meaning flower-cuckoo. These are all Asian tropical species. The genus name is derived from the Ancient Greek phoiniko- crimson, and phaes "eyes" or "face", referring to the red-faced malkoha. However, the 'œ' was mistranscribed as 'æ'.
Species in taxonomic order are:
|Image||Scientific name||Common Name||Distribution|
|Phaenicophaeus diardi||Black-bellied malkoha||Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand.|
|Phaenicophaeus sumatranus||Chestnut-bellied malkoha||Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand.|
|Phaenicophaeus viridirostris||Blue-faced malkoha||peninsular India and Sri Lanka.|
|Phaenicophaeus tristis||Green-billed malkoha||Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia|
|Phaenicophaeus calyorhynchus||Yellow-billed malkoha||Sulawesi, Indonesia|
|Phaenicophaeus curvirostris||Chestnut-breasted malkoha||Southeast Asia from Myanmar through to eastern Java, the Philippines and Borneo|
|Phaenicophaeus pyrrhocephalus||Red-faced malkoha||Sri Lanka|
|Phaenicophaeus superciliosus||Rough-crested malkoha or red-crested malkoha||northern Philippines|
|Phaenicophaeus cumingi||Scale-feathered malkoha||northern Philippines.|
Raffles's malkoha ("P." chlorophaeus) is a highly distinct species and may not even be as closely related to malkohas as long believed. Its placement in a monotypic genus Rhinortha is supported by a morphological, molecular and behavioral evidence.
The green malkoha or yellowbill seems also distinct from the typical malkohas; it is placed in the monotypic genus Ceuthmochares.