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Malaysian hawk-cuckoo

Thai: นกคัคคูเหยี่ยวพันธุ์มลายู, nok khak-khu yieow phan Ma-la-u

Binomial name: Hierococcyx fugax, Thomas Horsfield, 1821

The Malaysian hawk-cuckoo or Malay hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx fugax) is a bird in the family Cuculidae formerly considered conspecific with Hodgson's hawk-cuckoo and the rufous hawk-cuckoo. All three species were previously assigned as Cuculus fugax.

Geographic Range

Hierococcyx fugax is found in far southern Burma, southern Thailand, Malaya, Singapore, Borneo, Sumatra and western Java.


The Malaysian hawk-cuckoo occurs in a variety of forest types from plains level up to 1700 metres on Sumatra. It can also be found in cocoa and rubber plantations.


Hawk-cuckoos are brood parasites and recorded hosts include the white-rumped shama and the grey-headed canary flycatcher.

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Scientific classification

Hierococcyx fugax

Common names

  • Thai: นกคัคคูเหยี่ยวพันธุ์มลายู, nok khak-khu yieow phan Ma-la-u

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

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Distribution map of Malaysian hawk-cuckoo, Hierococcyx fugax in Thailand

Range map of Hierococcyx fugax in Thailand

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