Common Koel vs Australian Koel

To: orhtonyx <>
Subject: Common Koel vs Australian Koel
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2004 14:49:11 +1000
On Sun, Oct 10, 2004 at 04:03:13PM +1000, orhtonyx wrote:
>    I am seeking clarification on the difference between the following two
>    species: Common Koel, Eudynamys scolopacea and Eudynamys cyanocephala,
>    Australian Koel. Many references list one or the other as occurring in
>    Australia but not both. It would seem that the two names are used by
>    different people for the same species but both species appear on
>    taxonomic lists.

I thought someone more knowledgable might field this.
Anyway, add this book on your Christmas list:

 Christidis, L. and WE Boles. 1995. Taxonomy and Species of Birds of
 Australia and its Territories. Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union,

There has been a split proposed of E. scolopacea into 3 species including
E. cyanocephala but Christidis & Boles didn't accept it of insufficient

Andrew Taylor
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