Zanclostomus javanicus is a type of cuckoo in the family Cuculidae. It is known as the red-billed malkoha in English or cenok api in Malay. Red-billed malkoha is a large-sized bird as it can grow up to 45 cm in length. It can be identified by its diagnostic red bill, blue orbital skin, pale cinnamon throat and upper breast merging into its rufescent grey belly. Its undertail is greyish with a slight gloss. This species can be found from Myanmar south to Malaysia and Brunei. In Malaysia, red-billed malkoha is a fairly common species. It is found in primary and mature secondary rainforest from low elevations up to 1200 m. It is quite difficult to see this species as they rarely cross open spaces. [Source: MyBIS].
This time around, I have managed to get good open and eye-level shots of this malkoha. Thank you uncle Arman Haron for accompanying me on this trip.
Name: Red-billed malkoha
Scientific: Zanclostomus javanicus
Malay: Cenuk Api / Cenuk Paruh Merah
IUCN Red List (v.3.1, 2016): Least concern
Gear: SONY a1 + SEL200600G.
Location: Bentong, Pahang
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