Definition of malkoha in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmalkəʊə/
(also malcoha)


A long-tailed cuckoo of South and SE Asia, with dark grey or brown plumage.
  • Rhopodytes and other genera: family Cuculidae.
Example sentences
  • Once inside the forest we walked several trails spotting hornbills, woodpeckers and malkohas to name a few.
  • Watch for giant snails, falconets, malkohas and numerous small birds along the highway that crosses the park.
  • Then the malkohas and the couas are given ‘tribe’ status, thus forming our seven distinctive groups of cuckoos.


Mid 18th century: from Sinhalese mal-koha, literally 'flower cuckoo'.

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