1128. Rhinortha chlorophaea.
Raffles's Green-billed Malkoha.
Cuculus chlorophaeus, Raffl. Trans. Linn. Soc. xiii, p. 288 (1822). Rhinortha chlorophaea, Vig. App. Mem. Raffl. p. 671; Blyth, J. A. S. B. xi, p. 924; xii, p. 246; xiv, p. 199 ; xvi, p. 468; id. Cat. p. 76 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 692 ; Sharpe, P. Z. S. 1873, p. 603, fig. 8; Walden, in Blyth's Birds Burm. p. 82; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 166; Hume,Cat. no. 216 quat.; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 120; Shelley, Cat. B. M. xix, p. 393.
Coloration. Male. Head and neck above chestnut, back and wings rather darker, quills broadly tipped dusky ; rump and upper tail-coverts and tail dull black, with narrow grey cross-bars, not quite so close together on the tail; all tail-feathers broadly tipped white, the pale bars wanting near the white tip; chin, throat, and sides of head and neck pale chestnut, growing paler on the breast and then passing into dull brown with close faint cross-bars on the abdomen, flanks, and lower tail-coverts.
Female. Head and neck above and on the sides ashy grey ; back, rump, wings, and tail deep chestnut, the quills with dusky tips, the tail-feathers tipped with white and with a subterminal black band; lower parts to the breast pale grey, sometimes washed with buff, becoming more rufous on the breast and abdomen; flanks and lower tail-coverts chestnut.
Bill apple-green ; orbital skin pale green, inclining to bluish ; irides dark brown ; legs and feet dark plumbeous (Davison).
Length about 13; tail 7 ; wing 4.5; tarsus 1.05 ; bill from gape 1.4.
Distribution. In Tenasserim as far north as Lemyne, a little north of Tay, also throughout the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo.
Habits, &c. According to Davison, this Ground-Cuckoo frequents the densest parts of evergreen forests and cane-brakes. In all its habits it resembles Rhopodytes, but has a different note, a peculiar cat-like mew, not a chuckle. It is almost invariably found in pairs and feeds on insects.