Green Malkoha

Ceuthmochares aereus

The Green malkoha or green coucal is a very difficult bird to locate in its forest edge or riparian woodland and thicket habitat. Loving the dense cover afforded by vines and creepers, these skulkers are easier to hear than they are to see and getting them in the open for a photograph is much simpler said than done. The name, however, can be a bit misleading as although these birds do have a green sheen on their wings, tail and lowerback, they are largely grey in colour. Their large, yellow bill not only helps with identification but also with spotting them in the field.

After spending many mornings trying my luck for this species at Umdoni Forest on the south coast of KwaZulu Natal, I had the opportunity to look for them in March 2014 in Dlinza Forest. Much to my suprize I found my first malkoha on my first afternoon in the forest and was able to see a second bird and get record shots the very next day. Perhaps I was just very lucky or perhaps Dlinza is a great spot for these intriguing birds. Probably a bit of both.


Green Malkoha / Umdoni Forest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 12 April 2015 Green Malkoha / Umdoni Forest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 12 April 2015 Green Malkoha / Dlinza Forest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 21 March 2014 Green Malkoha / Umdoni Forest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 12 April 2015 Green Malkoha / Umdoni Forest, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 12 April 2015
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