koels & drongos

To: "Reg Clark" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: koels & drongos
From: Alexandra Appleman <>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2000 07:03:36 +1000
Koels are very noisy around my part of Townsville (Garbutt, adjacent to the
airport), with single birds now visiting the garden regularly to take the
fruit from a flowering fig. I often hear koels calling through the night. 

I can't comment on whether numbers are higher this year as it's only my
second year at the house. I have noted that the Drongo which had been
around for some months has taken off since the koels moved in. I last
recorded a Drongo in the garden on 11 October though I still see them most
days at the University.

Given that the Drongo is itself a very pugnacious bird, can anyone comment
on whether Drongos and koels tend to avoid each other, given the similar
colouring between the male koel and drongo?


Alex Appleman
about half way between Mackay and Cairns
North Queensland 

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