An adult in Banded Bay Cuckoo (Cacomantis sonneratii malayanus) seen in the early morning at the forest fringe. I was surprised it was not calling out as many birds I have seen over the years call in mornings 8-10am (below). I saw it subsequently chased away by a Common Iora.
The second post is a close up to show the lighter lower mandible which some authors describe as greenish-grey (Wells 1999, Cuckoos of the World) (see below).
Regarding the subspecies for my region: Johannes Erritzøe, Clive F. Mann, Frederik P. Brammer and Richard A Fuller. (2012) Cuckoos of the World. Helm Identification Guides use Cacomantis sonneratii sonneratii. Wells 1999 & HBW 2020 use Cacomantis sonneratii malayanus.
Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Location: Papan Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Forest fringe
Date: 27th August 2020