Sirkeer Malkoha

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Sirkeer Malkoha
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Cuculiformes
Family:Cuculidae
Genus:Phaenicophaeus
Species:P. leschenaultii
Binomial name
Phaenicophaeus leschenaultii
(Lesson,, 1830)

The Sirkeer Malkoha, Phaenicophaeus leschenaultii , is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes, which also includes the roadrunners, the anis, and the Hoatzin.

It is restricted to India and Sri Lanka. Sirkeer Malkoha is a bird of open scrub and thorn jungle. It nests in Euphorbia, the typical clutch being two or three eggs.

This is a largish species at 42 cm. It is mainly sandy in colour, and the long tail is edged with white. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller and barred above.

Sirkeer Malkoha takes a variety of insects, caterpillars and small vertebrates. It occasionally eats berries.

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