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Raffles's malkoha

Thai: นกบั้งรอกแดง, nok bang-rok daeng

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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Scientific classification

Rhinortha chlorophaea

Common names

  • Thai: นกบั้งรอกแดง, nok bang-rok daeng


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

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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