Blue-faced Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus viridirostris) - Wiki
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[Photo] Blue-faced Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus viridirostris). Location: Chamundi Hills, Mysore, KA, INDIA. Source: Flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/the_mask/2084444516/). Date: Taken on December 3, 2007. Author: Subharghya Das (www.flickr.com/photos/the_mask/).
The Blue-faced Malkoha, Phaenicophaeus viridirostris , is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes, which also includes the roadrunners, the anis, and the Hoatzin.
It is restricted to Sri Lanka and southern India. The Blue-faced Malkoha is a bird of open forests and scrub jungle. It nests in a thorn bush, the typical clutch being two, sometimes three, eggs.
This is a largish species at 39 cm. Its back and head are dark green, and the uppertail is green edged with white. The throat and belly are lighter green. There is a large blue patch around the eye and the bill is green. Sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller and barred above.
The Blue-faced Malkoha takes a variety of insects, caterpillars and small vertebrates. It occasionally eats berries.
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