RE: birding-aus Digest, Vol 43, Issue 34

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Subject: RE: birding-aus Digest, Vol 43, Issue 34
From: James Lambert <>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 14:19:46 +1100
Hi Pete

Some 8 years ago I watched a pair of koels searching for host nests (at least 
that's what I thought they were doing). They were going from tree to tree all 
the while being attacked by other species, especially red wattlebirds and willy 
wagtails, though I think noisy miners as well. Actually, only the female was 
being attacked, the male was unmolested and for the most part kept his distance 
only very occasionally flying in on an attack path in order to rescue his 
betrothed's honour, or feathers at least.

I watched this for a good 20 minutes or so as the koels progressed along the 
trees of the Parramatta River at Meadowbank, Sydney. Some of the bird attacks 
on the female koel looked extremely vicious, and one time a wattlebird hidden 
well in the centre of a dense low bush seemed to have been lying in ambush for 
the koel to come searching, whence it launched itself at top speed in an 
explosion of fury at close range.

However, unlike the koel in your story, the one in mine seemed to be just 
getting on with the job, though I guess there's a limit to how much of this 
type of treatment they can stand.

James Lambert

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Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 10:10:22 +0930
Subject: Friarbirds attacking and killing Koel

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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