Martin Butterfield <>
What this bird called?
Noel Luff <>
Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:24:58 +1100
Seems you can use either (plus an additional one)
The three taxonomical lists that I use have three different names
IOC (International Ornithological Congress) 4.4 (2014) - Pacific Koel
Clements 6.9 (2014) - Australian Koel
Birdlife International 7 (2014) - Eastern Koel.
On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 6:36 AM, Martin Butterfield <>
> I raise this question with great trepidation, but in updating some of my
> records I find that at various times I have called a melodious bird both
> "Common Koel" and "Eastern Koel". BirdLife Australia seem to favour
> Eastern Koel for birdata. On eBird it is called "Australian Koel".
> I realise that there is no 'best' or 'correct' name. As I don't have
> access to Ornithological libraries I wonder if someone on this list can
> tell me the provenance of these various names so that I can decide which
> way to update my records. Default option will be some coin tossing between
> Eastern Koel and Australian Koel..
> Martin Butterfield
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