Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Sirkeer Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus leschenaultii) - HBW 4, p. 574

French: Malcoha sirkir German: Sirkarkuckuck Spanish: Malcoha Sirkir
Other common names: Sirkeer (Cuckoo), Southern Sirkeer

Taxonomy: Taccocua Leschenaultii Lesson, 1830, Madras.
Sometimes retained in the monotypic genus Taccocua, in which it was originally named. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sirkee (J. E. Gray, 1831) - Pakistan (Sind, Punjab) and NW India.
  • infuscata (Blyth, 1845) - India in sub-Himalayan terai and duars from Kumaon through Nepal to W Assam and Bangladesh, and S to SC Maharashtra and N Andhra Pradesh.
  • leschenaultii (Lesson, 1830) - S India and Sri Lanka.