Chestnut-bellied Malkoha, a friendly bird

MalkohaCB [AmarSingh] 1

“The Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus) is always friendly and accommodating, allowing close approaches (above, below).

MalkohaCB [AmarSingh] 3

“The above image shows it feeding on a Katydid, insects in the cricket family Tettigoniidae (below).

MalkohaCB [AmarSingh] 2

“The image below shows it preening.”


Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
25th July 2016

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: A trail along primary jungle

  1. Am

    Beautiful bird! Is its “friendliness” detrimental to its survival? (E.g. Being friendly may cause it to succumb to poaching or attacks?)

    Is it found in Singapore as well? How common is it in Malaysia?

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