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Eastern Koel

 
Introduction:
Glossy black plumage, striking red eye.
Identification:
Easily identified by its entirely glossy black plumage, tinged with blue and green, and its striking red eye. The female has glossy brown upperparts, heavily spotted with white, and a black crown. The underparts are generally buff-cream with numerous fine black bars. Body length up to 46 cm.
Max. Size:
46 cm.
Distribution:
northern and eastern Australia
Habitat:
Tall forests and common in suburban areas.
Biology: A migratory bird that arrives in late September and early October from south-east Asia to breed, and returns north in March . Although rarely seen, it is well known for its loud, repetitive calls, particularly in the early morning. Is a member of the cuckoo family and lays its eggs in the nests of wattlebirds, friarbirds, magpie-larks and figbirds. Adults are cryptic and they are heard much more than seen. In contrast to the adults, fledglings can be very conspicuous as they beg loudly for food from their foster parents. The male advertises its presence by a loud ascending whistle or 'koo-el', monotonously repeated; the call of the female is a repetitive 'keek-keek-keek-keek'. Males often call throughout the day and well into the night.
Other Common Names:
Pacific Koel