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Cuckoos, Malkohas and Coucals

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Order CUCULIFORMES

Cuckoos
Because the European Cuckoo lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, it is assumed that all cuckoos do so; in fact of the four subfamilies into which the cuckoos are divided only the members of the first subfamily, the True Cuckoos, are parasitic in this way.

The True Cuckoos are long-winged cuckoos, grey or brownish above and barred or streaked below. Young birds are brown, barred with rufous above, and white, marked with brown, below; a rare colour phase of the adult female is much like the juvenile plumage, but richer chestnut. The different species resemble each other so closely that even coloured illustrations are of little help; their calls are distinctive, but some of the species that only winter here call little, if at all, while in Borneo.

The Bronze Cuckoos form a taxonomically difficult group, seldom seen well in the field, and the shortage of information on their calls and biology is a serious obstacle to identification. (Smythies, The Birds of Borneo, 1999)

Malkohas
All the species found in our area behave in much the same way; they seldom fly, and are usually noticed in a thick bush or climber-clad tree, hopping up the branches in cockscrew fashion and manipulating their tails with dexterity; rather silent birds, only the shaking of the leaves as they climber slowly about draws attention to their presence. (Smythies, The Birds of Borneo, 1999)

Coucals
They are non-parasitic cuckoos of partly terrestrial habits. Living in grassland and secondary forest, one species only within tall lowland forest. (Smythies, The Birds of Borneo, 1999)

Ground Cuckoo
Only a single species and endemic to Borneo and rather rare .

Photographed Species
Family Cuculidae (Cuckoos, Malkohas, and Coucals)
(Cacomantis merulinus) Plaintive Cuckoo
(Cacomantis variolosus sepulcralis) Brush Cuckoo
(Centropus bengalensis)Lesser Coucal
(Centropus sinensis)Greater Coucal
(Cuculus micropterus) Indian Cuckoo
(Cuculus optatus) Oriental Cuckoo
(Chrysococcyx minutillus) Little Bronze Cuckoo
(Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus) Violet Cuckoo
(Cuculus micropterus) Indian Cuckoo
(Hierococcyx bocki)Dark Hawk-cuckoo
(Hierococcyx fugax) Javan Hawk-cuckoo
(Phaenicophaceus curvirostris) Chestnut-breasted Malkoha
(Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus) Raffle's Malkoha
(Phaenicophaeus diardi) Black-bellied Malkoha
(Phaenicophaeus javanicus) Red-billed Malkoha
(Surniculus lugubris) Square-tailed Drongo-cuckoo
(Cacomantis merulinus) Plaintive Cuckoo
(Cacomantis merulinus)
Plaintive Cuckoo
(Cacomantis merulinus) Plaintive Cuckoo
(Cacomantis merulinus)
Plaintive Cuckoo
(Cacomantis merulinus) Plaintive Cuckoo
(Cacomantis merulinus)
Plaintive Cuckoo
(Cacomantis merulinus) Plaintive Cuckoo - Hepatic Morph Female
(Cacomantis merulinus)
Plaintive Cuckoo - Hepatic Morph Female
(Cacomantis merulinus) Plaintive Cuckoo - Hepatic Morph Female
(Cacomantis merulinus)
Plaintive Cuckoo - Hepatic Morph Female
(Cacomantis variolosus sepulcralis) Brush Cuckoo
(Cacomantis variolosus sepulcralis)
Brush Cuckoo
(Cacomantis variolosus sepulcralis) Brush Cuckoo
(Cacomantis variolosus sepulcralis)
Brush Cuckoo
(Cacomantis variolosus sepulcralis) Brush Cuckoo - Immature
(Cacomantis variolosus sepulcralis)
Brush Cuckoo - Immature
(Centropus bengalensis) Lesser Coucal
(Centropus bengalensis)
Lesser Coucal
(Centropus bengalensis) Lesser Coucal
(Centropus bengalensis)
Lesser Coucal
(Centropus sinensis) Greater Coucal
(Centropus sinensis)
Greater Coucal
(Centropus sinensis) Greater Coucal
(Centropus sinensis)
Greater Coucal
(Centropus sinensis) Greater Coucal
(Centropus sinensis)
Greater Coucal
(Chrysococcyx minutillus) Little Bronze Cuckoo ♂
(Chrysococcyx minutillus)
Little Bronze Cuckoo ♂
(Chrysococcyx minutillus) Little Bronze Cuckoo ♀
(Chrysococcyx minutillus)
Little Bronze Cuckoo ♀
(Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus) Violet Cuckoo ♂
(Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus)
Violet Cuckoo ♂
(Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus) Violet Cuckoo ♂
(Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus)
Violet Cuckoo ♂
(Cuculus micropterus) Indian Cuckoo ♂
(Cuculus micropterus)
Indian Cuckoo ♂
(Cuculus micropterus) Indian Cuckoo ♂
(Cuculus micropterus)
Indian Cuckoo ♂
(Cuculus micropterus) Indian Cuckoo ♀
(Cuculus micropterus)
Indian Cuckoo ♀
(Cuculus optatus) Oriental Cuckoo
(Cuculus optatus)
Oriental Cuckoo
(Hierococcyx bocki) Dark Hawk-cuckoo
(Hierococcyx bocki)
Dark Hawk-cuckoo
(Hierococcyx fugax)  Javan Hawk-cuckoo
(Hierococcyx fugax)
Javan Hawk-cuckoo
(Phaenicophaceus curvirostris) Chestnut -breasted Malkoha ♀
(Phaenicophaceus curvirostris)
Chestnut -breasted Malkoha ♀
(Phaenicophaceus curvirostris) Chestnut -breasted Malkoha ♀
(Phaenicophaceus curvirostris)
Chestnut -breasted Malkoha ♀
(Phaenicophaceus curvirostris) Chestnut -breasted Malkoha ♂
(Phaenicophaceus curvirostris)
Chestnut -breasted Malkoha ♂
(Phaenicophaceus curvirostris) Chestnut -breasted Malkoha ♀
(Phaenicophaceus curvirostris)
Chestnut -breasted Malkoha ♀
(Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus) Raffle's Malkoha ♀
(Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus)
Raffle's Malkoha ♀
(Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus) Raffle's Malkoha ♀
(Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus)
Raffle's Malkoha ♀
(Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus) Raffle's Malkoha ♂
(Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus)
Raffle's Malkoha ♂
(Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus) Raffle's Malkoha ♂
(Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus)
Raffle's Malkoha ♂
(Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus) Raffle's Malkoha Juvenile
(Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus)
Raffle's Malkoha Juvenile
(Phaenicophaeus diardi) Black Bellied Malkoha
(Phaenicophaeus diardi)
Black Bellied Malkoha
(Phaenicophaeus diardi) Black Bellied Malkoha
(Phaenicophaeus diardi)
Black Bellied Malkoha
(Phaenicophaeus diardi) Black Bellied Malkoha
(Phaenicophaeus diardi)
Black Bellied Malkoha
(Phaenicophaeus javanicus) Red-billed Malkoha
(Phaenicophaeus javanicus)
Red-billed Malkoha
(Phaenicophaeus javanicus) Red-billed Malkoha
(Phaenicophaeus javanicus)
Red-billed Malkoha
(Phaenicophaeus javanicus) Red-billed Malkoha
(Phaenicophaeus javanicus)
Red-billed Malkoha
(Surniculus lugubris) Square-tailed Drongo-cuckoo
(Surniculus lugubris)
Square-tailed Drongo-cuckoo
(Surniculus lugubris) Square-tailed Drongo-cuckoo
(Surniculus lugubris)
Square-tailed Drongo-cuckoo