Most cuckoos are insect-eaters, and whilst the red-faced malkoha will snatch insects from the leaves of the canopy, the majority of its diet is fruit, especially berries. Pairs forage together, and often as part of mixed-species groups (4).
A male and female malkoha form a pair bond which is thought to last for at least a year. They breed between January and May, and occasionally also in August and September, depending on the conditions. Nests are constructed from grass, roots and twigs and are formed into shallow cups. They are commonly located in thick undergrowth, as high up as possible. The female lays two or three eggs, which once hatched are tended to by both the male and the female, who take it in turns to forage for themselves and their chicks (3) (4).
It was previously thought that the red-faced malkoha made seasonal migrations up and down mountains to take advantage of optimal weather and fruit availability, but fragmentation of what was originally continuous forest appears to have prevented the malkoha from making the journey to the highlands (4).