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Photo by the late Laurence Poh
Royal Perak Golf Course, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, November 2003
Nyctyornis amictus


27–31 cm (10½-12¼ in)

  • Bright green plumage

Crimson throat and shaggy breast

  • Lilac forehead
  • Pale orange-yellow underside of tail with broad blackish terminal band.

Female - like male but forehead red.
Juvenile - entire underparts green including underside of tail.


Photo by robby thai
Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand, July 2017

Asia: found in Tenasserim (Myanmar), southern Thailand through the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Forest and forest edges.



Usually seen hawking for insects at forest edges. Typical prey consists of wasps, hornets, bees, cicadas, beetles, crickets and ants.

Will also probe into wood for grubs in the manner of woodpeckers.


Nests in earth banks near forest streams and roadsides.


A loud and deep gutteral croaking and crackling call.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)

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