Other Scientific Names
Eudynamys cyanocephala [BirdLife International (2004)], Eudynamys cyanocephala [Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)], Eudynamys cyanocephalus [BirdLife International (2008)]
Other Names (World)
Eastern Koel, Pacific Koel, Australian Koel, Common Koel, Cooee-bird, Rainbird, Stormbird, Indian Koel
39 - 46 cm
Eu-d˙'-na-mys - Gk, eu, well, good; Gk, dynamis, power: or-i-en-tal'-is - L., of the East
Common summer migrant to northern and eastern Australia.
Monsoon rainforest, vine thickets, wet sclerophyll forest, open forest and woodland. lightly timbered grassland, farmland with tall trees.
Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands (B), Timor-Leste (B) (NB).
Northern and eastern Australia, west to the Kimberley and south to about Wollongong, NSW.
Estimated population is unknown (2010).
Singly or in twos. Occasionally in small groups.
Native and introduced fruits and berries. Also insects.
A distictive, 'coo-ee', also heard at night. Also a 'wurra-wurra'.
September - March.
None. Egg(s) laid in that of the foster parents, the large honeyeaters, including Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus) and Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata).
1; smooth, pink or buff, usually with slight sheen, sprinkled with spots, dots and sometimes short wavy streaks of dull purple-red, with underlying markings of purple-grey; oval; about 34 x 24 mm.
Considered by some authors to be a subspecies of Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus).
The following 8 subspecies are recognised:
- orientalis (Latham, 1801) - Southern Moluccas to northern, eastern Australia.
- picatus Müller, S, 1843 - Kai Islands and Sumba to Timor and Roma.
- rufiventer (Lesson, R, 1830) - New Guinea.
- hybrida Diamond, 2002 - Long I. (off north-eastern New Guinea).
- salvadorii Hartert, 1900 - Bismarck Archipelago.
- alberti Rothschild & Hartert, 1907 - Solomon Is.
- cyanocephalus (Latham, 1801) - Northern Queensland to southern New South Wales. Winters to Moluccas.
- subcyanocephalus Mathews, 1912 - North-western Australia to north-western Queensland. Winters to southern Moluccas.
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) which has a forked tail.