A stunning sight

Malkohas are skulkers. These non-parasitic cuckoos will sit concealed in canopies of trees. I’ve only seen them as they flutter from one treetop to another, or caught glimpses of one hidden inside foliage. Until the day when, on the road next to the Himalayan Darjeeling railroad near Rongtong, I saw two Green-billed Malkohas (Phaenicophaeus tristis) basking in the sun.

Well, I suppose everyone enjoys a lovely day in spring.

By I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.

22 comments

  1. The Rongtong route through the Mahananda sanctuary is so picturesque.
    Those two birds, they seem to have different colours, and yet are the same type. Is the colours difference due to gender?

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  2. Wonderful gallery and welcome to Bird Weekly! You have brought some new species to the challenge. We have the Yellow-billed Cuckoo that spends summers here in Florida. We should be starting to see them soon as it is already getting hot. Wonderful colors on the Woodpecker and great shot of the Green-billed Malkoha. ๐Ÿ™‚

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