Common Koel in Broome

To: Adrian Boyle <>
Subject: Common Koel in Broome
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2011 21:54:06 +0800

Interesting. I haven't spent that much time in Broome in the wet season. I have heard a Koel at Nimilaica Claypan once, and I saw one at the golf course, so I just assumed that they were reasonably common around town. These records were quite a few years ago. I think I was staying in town the time I saw it at the golf course, so it is probably not in the BBO logs. Can't remember if I was with anyone when I heard the one at Nimalaica, or where I was staying.

I have never seen or heard one anywhere near the BBO where I have spent quite a bit of time in the wet season, but that is pindan and so I assumed just the wrong habitat. I must admit that I have never heard one at the sewage ponds which are fairly close to the golf course.

At 03:00 PM 28/11/2011, Adrian Boyle wrote:
Hi Frank

I was curious about your Koel sightings in Broome.
I would not call them common at all.
In fact despite living there for the past 15 years ive never seen 1
Chris Hassell has been living there for a few more years than me and he also has not seen one. I think George Swann has a couple of very old records including 1 at his house about 10 years ago from memory.
They are Common in the Kimberly and even breed occasionally in Derby
The only records I know about recently in Broome is a bird at the BBO bird baths approx 4 years ago and presumably the same birds seen 3 days later on the crab creek road.

Cheers Adrian

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