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Species of Thailand

Raffles's malkoha

Binomial name: Rhinortha chlorophaea (Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1822)

Raffles's malkoha (Rhinortha chlorophaea) is a species of cuckoo (family Cuculidae). It was formerly often placed in Phaenicophaeus with the other malkohas, but it is a rather distinct species, with several autapomorphies and sexual dimorphism (which its presumed relatives all lack).

It might not even be very closely related to the true malkohas, but form a very basal lineage of cuckoos; in any case, its placement in a monotypic genus Rhinortha is well warranted.

It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

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Videos of Raffles's malkoha

  • Raffles's malkoha (female) - Khao Luang National Park

    Raffles's malkoha (female) - Khao Luang National Park

  • Raffles's malkoha

    Raffles's malkoha

  • Raffle's Malkoha - Khao Luang National Park

    Raffle's Malkoha - Khao Luang National Park

Scientific classification

Rhinortha chlorophaea


  • Cuculus chlorophaeus, Thomas Stamford Raffles (1822)
  • Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus, Thomas Stamford Raffles (1822)

Raffles's malkoha is found in following locations in Thailand

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Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Raffles's malkoha, Rhinortha chlorophaea in Thailand

Range map of Rhinortha chlorophaea in Thailand

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