The Chestnut Breasted Malkoha: Its Exaggerated Colors Make It Look Like Some Comic Character

Chestnut Breasted Malkoha

You may have watched a lot of animation shows in which a comic character becomes the center of attraction in a whole drama and steals the attention of the audience. Their exaggerated make-up, large eyes and rare colored outfit make them more engaging. 

But probably you have not seen a bird mimic a rare colored comic character or we can say looks like a jester. Their immense eyes on bright red faces make their appearance more astonishing. 

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Hold your hands on the heart while looking at this Chestnut Breasted Malkoha.

The Chestnut Breasted Malkoha is scientifically named Phaenicophaeus Curvirostris. This is one of the most salient species of cuckoo in the family Cuculidae.

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Chestnut Breasted Malkoha

The Chestnut Breasted Malkohas are found in Southeast Asia from Myanmar through Eastern Java, the Philippines, and Borneo. They are large birds measuring up to 49 cm in length that has gray and emerald, green upperparts and chestnut brown underparts. They have slightly curved olive-green bills.

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There are six subspecies recognized of the Chestnut Breasted Malkoha. Let’s go through more fascinating information about this jester-like bird.

Meet the wonderful Chestnut-Breasted Malkoha.

Chestnut Breasted Malkoha

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The male birds of Chestnut-Breasted Malkoha have bright red faces, chestnut brown upperparts, and emerald, green wings which fade into the blue with age. They have a curved pale yellow upper mandible and dark red or black lower mandible. 

A bare red patch around the eye can be seen prominently.

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A little sexual dimorphism is seen therefore both males and females have similar plumage except the iris; males have a pale blue iris while females have a yellow iris.

Chestnut Breasted Malkoha

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The Chestnut Breasted Malkoha mainly resides in the middle story in dense foliage.

The natural habits of the Chestnut Breasted Malkoha are tropical and subtropical moist lowland forests and tropical and subtropical mangrove forests.

They are mostly found in Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Western Philippines, and Southern Thailand. 

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Feeding habits of the Chestnut Breasted Malkoha.

Chestnut Breasted Malkoha

They mostly feed on small vertebrates, such as frogs, lizards, and baby birds, and insects including grasshoppers, cicadas, caterpillars, mantises, cockroaches, beetles, bugs, spiders, and small crabs as well.

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Unlike many cuckoos, they build their nests and raise their young ones.

Males and females of the Chestnut Breasted Malkoha build a nest around 35 cm diameter of small branches and twigs. 

Female birds lay two or three matte white eggs.

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Both male and female parents incubate their eggs.

Chestnut Breasted Malkoha

Both parents incubate the eggs, which usually take 13 days to hatch, and feed the young bird for around 11 days in the nest.

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Their breeding season varies by location.

The Chestnut Breasted Malkoha is found in distinct locations, so their breeding season varies according to the location, such as from January to September in Southeast Asia, and August to December in Borneo.

They are categorized in the IUCN Red List of Least Concern Species. Ultimately you got a chance to meet this Chestnut Breasted Malkoha mimic like a comic character. Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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