Friarbirds attacking and killing Koel

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Subject: Friarbirds attacking and killing Koel
From: "Peter Kyne" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 10:10:22 +0930
Hi All,

This morning on Charles Darwin Uni's Casuarina campus we witnessed a
female Koel brought to the ground by attacking Little Friarbirds. One
friarbird was on its back as they hit the ground and repeatedly pecked
the Koel in the head. As the Friarbirds took off a Black Butcherbird
flew in and delivered what may very well have been the final blow. I
picked up the Koel after this and it was still alive, but it gave a
final squawk and died within 10 seconds.

Has anyone observed this behaviour before where a host/potential host
kills an adult cuckoo, or know if this is well documented?

Cheers, Pete Kyne and Micha Jackson

Peter Kyne
Research Associate - Aquatic Ecology
Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge (TRaCK)
Charles Darwin University, Darwin NT 0810, Australia

Ph: +61 8 8946 7616
Fax: +61 8 8946 7455

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