Species Details


Sirkeer Malkoha Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Taccocua leschenaultii
Family : Cuculidae
Order : Cuculiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Sirkeer Cuckoo, Sirkeer
Habitat : Bushes
Description : The Sirkeer Malkoha is a brown bird with a very long tail (adult bird length approximately 42 cm, wing 16 cm, bill 3.3 cm, tarsus 4 cm, tail 22 cm). It looks entirely sandy grey-brown except for a few small details. It has brown irises, yellow tipped red bill. It breeds in April-July. It feeds on caterpillars, locusts, grasshoppers, termites, lizards, small snakes and fruits fallen on the ground. During courtship, the paired cuckoos engage in a captivating display. They bow to each other, with their tails fanned out wide and held upright, resembling an open fan. Their plumage appears puffed out, and after bowing, they raise their heads high, holding their bills upward for a few seconds. Throughout the display, their bills remain open, producing distinctive clicking sounds.

For nesting, these cuckoos construct a broad saucer-shaped structure using twigs. They typically place their nests in low bushes or trees and line them with fresh green leaves. The clutch size consists of two to three eggs, which possess a pale yellowish-brown coloration with a glaze. However, this glaze is lost when the eggs are washed.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: J.M.Garg(www.inaturalist.org/people/J.M.Garg),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;more information, please contact us.