Subject: Koels
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 16:51:57 +1000
On Thu, Sep 22, 2005 at 04:18:05PM +1000, Michael Hunter wrote:
> Is Koel a misspelling of Coal? Male Koels ARE Coal black, seems like a great
> coincidence.

According to my Macquarie its a Hindi word and derived from the Sanscrit
word Kokila.  I'd assumed it was onomatopoeic but I'm not so sure now!

Heard my first Koel this morning in Drummoyne (inner-west Sydney).

I agree with Tony that first arrival reports aren't
earth-shaking pieces of data - but I find them interesting reading.
In particular I find Koels endlessly fascinating.

You could  argue that an observation of Ross's Gull  in Sydney Harbour
is not worth mentioning as it is of little ecological or conservation
significance and vagrant gulls of various species turn up every year.
A few subscribers might still be interested though.

Birding-Aus is now on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message 'unsubscribe
birding-aus' (no quotes, no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Koels, Michael Hunter
    • Koels, Andrew Taylor <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU