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  • noun Any of the cuculine birds in the Phaenicophaeus genus, found across southern and south-east Asia.


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  • Birds considered to be endangered or rare are Sri Lanka wood pigeon Columba torringtoni, green-billed coucal Centropus chlororhynchus, Sri Lanka white-headed starling Sturnus senex, Sri Lanka blue magpie Cissa ornata, and ashy-headed babbler Garrulax cinereifrons, all of which are endemic, and red-faced malkoha Phaenicophaeus pyrrhocephalus.

    Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka

  • The malkoha, is confined to the southern highlands.

    Ceylon; an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2)

  • The malkoha, is confined to the southern highlands.

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon

  • Family Common Name Species Bucconidae Ceylon grey hornbill Ocyceros gingalensis Cuculidae Red-faced malkoha Phaenicophaeus pyrrhocephalus Phasianidae Ceylon junglefowl Gallus lafayetii Phasianidae Ceylon spurfowl Galloperdix bicalcarata Turdidae Spot-winged thrush Zoothera spiloptera Timaliidae Brown-capped babbler Pellorneum fuscocapillum Capitonidae Yellow-fronted barbet Megalaima flavifrons Psittacidae Ceylon hanging-parrot Loriculus beryllinus Psittacidae Layard's parakeet Psittacula calthropae An asterisk signifies that the species 'range is limited to this ecoregion.

    Sri Lanka dry-zone dry evergreen forests

  • Imagine how lucky our friend are, just right on the entrance gate even without entering to the forest we were able to spot the most elusive bird Red faced malkoha on a very low canopy which is not usual in this height including Sri Lanka Blue magpie, Crested drongo, orange billed babblers, yellow browed bulbuls, Sri Lanka jungle fowl etc. walking just few yards from the entrance one Chestnut backed owlet flew away after allowing us to have a good look on it.



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