OTHER NAMES: Lesser Red Cuckoo-Dove, Red-faced Cuckoo Dove
Local Name (Malay): Tekukur Api ("Fire Turtledove")
Featured Subspecies: Macropygia ruficeps malayana
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
I must admit for a species I only saw on one day, I was getting a little vexed by this species by the end of it - it was the most abundant bird I saw in the forests of the Genting Highlands but frequently seemed to fly in with other flocks, dislodging other potentially new birds deeper into the foliage while rarely exposing itself well enough for me to get a good photo. Nonetheless, an attractive species and it's deep rust colouration is very distinctive for a dove - a family which I normally associate with soft pastely colours.
SUBSPECIES: M. r. assimilis, M. r. engelbachi, M. r. malayana, M. r. nana, M. r. orientalis, M. r. ruficeps, M. r. simalurensis, M. r. sumatrana
- Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A locally common resident.