Koel Cuckoo Hosts

To: Alan Morris <>
Subject: Koel Cuckoo Hosts
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2005 15:35:52 +1100
Hello Alan and other cuckoo watchers (no offence intended!),

Alan, I'm sure that what you say is mostly correct but here in Toronto (northern end of Lake Macquarie, just south of Newcastle in NSW), Friarbirds and Wattlebirds are a bit thin on the ground. I remember seeing a lot more of them locally 10-15 yrs ago but not so often in the last few years. Figbirds and magpie-larks are fairly common however. And Koels are prominent and common in the summer months, especially spring-early summer.

Without direct evidence, I still reckon that the local Koels are probably using figbirds and magpie-larks. Colin Driscoll might have some other observations on Koels around Toronto.



Michael Todd Wildlifing Images & Sounds of Nature (in workshop) Toronto, NSW, Australia (02) 49591837

Alan Morris wrote:

BlankHi Birders,
Ann Sanchez asks about Koel Cuckoos hosts, a matter which has been dealt
with before and reference should be made to the archives. But briefly in
Queensland the main hosts are Orioles, Figbirds, Magpie-larks & Noisy
Friarbirds. In NSW, particularly in the Newcastle-Sydney-Wollongong area,
the hosts are Red Wattlebird, Noisy Friarbird and Little Wattlebird, in that
order. The Little Wattlebird is a relatively newcomer as a Koel host but
there are increasing numbers of records for coastal urban areas.

Alan Morris
Records Officer, Birding NSW

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