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Black-bellied Malkoha - BirdForum Opus

Photo by cskhaw
Taken at Pedu lake, Kedah, Malaysia
Phaenicophaeus diardi


Small size and dark appearance distintive.Throat and belly dark grey,merging into black belly and undertail coverts.Orbital skin red. Size-37cm(14.5in)


Myanmar through the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo.


There are 2 subspecies

  • P. d. diardi
  • P. d. borneensis


Evergreen forest, swamp forest, bamboo or mangroves to 1,220 m. It is typically found in dense undergrowth and creepers.


Usualy found in the middle storey,keeping to thick cover


The diet includes insects. Generally unobtrusive.


It breeds January-April.

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