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 LC    Eastern Koel* Id (Atlas): 347
    Eudynamys orientalis

Description (2)
Image of Eastern Koel (Female)
 

Other Scientific Names
Eudynamys cyanocephala [BirdLife International (2004)], Eudynamys cyanocephala [Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)], Eudynamys cyanocephalus [BirdLife International (2008)]

Other Names (World)
Pacific Koel, Eastern Koel, Australian Koel, Common Koel, Cooee-bird, Rainbird, Stormbird, Indian Koel

Family
Cuculidae (Old World Cuckoos)

Size
39 - 46 cm

First Described (Guide)
(Latham, 1801)

Derivation
Eu-d'-na-mys - Gk, eu, well, good; Gk, dynamis, power: or-i-en-tal'-is - L., of the East

Abundance (Guide)
MC

Common summer migrant to northern and eastern Australia.

Habitat
Monsoon rainforest, vine thickets, wet sclerophyll forest, open forest and woodland. lightly timbered grassland, farmland with tall trees.

Range (Guide)
Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands (B), Timor-Leste (B) (NB).

Image of Range of Eastern Koel
Northern and eastern Australia, west to the Kimberley and south to about Wollongong, NSW.
 
Rarity Status
Currently this species is not classified as a rarity in this country OR information has not been updated.

Population
Estimated population is unknown (2010).

Status LC
Secure.

For more information see BirdLife International Species Factsheet.

Habits
Singly or in twos. Occasionally in small groups.

Food
Native and introduced fruits and berries. Also insects.

Voice
A distictive, 'coo-ee', also heard at night. Also a 'wurra-wurra'.



Xeno-Canto Sound Files (more (55)...)

 
Pacific Koel (Eudynamys orientalis) [XC386016]
     by Greg McLachlan from Kwatu Lodge, Ketu River (Elevala River tributary), Western Province, Papua New Guinea (call)

 
Pacific Koel (Eudynamys orientalis) [XC155404]
     by Fernand Deroussen from Arfak Mountains, Indonesia (call, song)

Breeding Season (Guide)
September - March.

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Nest
None. Egg(s) laid in that of the foster parents, the large honeyeaters, including Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus) and Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata).

Eggs (Guide)
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.

Young
Altricial, nidicolous.

Subspecies
No subspecies.

Considered by some authors to be a subspecies of Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus).

Similar Species
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) which has a forked tail.

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References
See References.

The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia Pizzey, G., and Knight, E., 1997, Angus & Robertson, Sydney ISBN 0 207 19691 5
Field Guide to Australian Birds Morecombe, M., 2000, Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd. ISBN 1 876282 10 X
Field Guide to the Birds of Australia Simpson, K., and Day, N., 1999, 6th Edition, Viking ISBN 0 670 87918 5
Reader's Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds 1988, 2nd Edition, Reader's Digest ISBN 0 949819 99 9
What Bird is That? 1984, Revised Edition, Angus & Robertson, Sydney ISBN 0 207 14846 5
Handbook of Australian, New Zealand & Antarctic Birds 1990 - , Oxford University Press, Melbourne ISBN 0 19 553244 9


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