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Raffles's malkoha

Rhinortha chlorophaea, Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1822

(In Thai: นกบั้งรอกแดง)

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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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Cuculiformes
Family
Cuculidae
Genus
Rhinortha
Species
Rhinortha chlorophaea

Common names

  • Thai: นกบั้งรอกแดง

Synonyms

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

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Range Map

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