“I first saw this Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus threnodes) hepatic morph in the company of a Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) that had just brought some food and was expecting a brood host feeding event.
“The bird looked a bit young to me. But very soon after it was chased away by many different birds, from perch to perch. First an Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps), then a Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica), followed by Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus) – the ones I could be sure about.
“I also saw a grey-phase adult about 6 meters away and now consider this an adult female in hepatic morph, possibly looking for a nest to parasitise.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
15th October 2017
Location: Tambun, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth near limestone hills