What this bird called?

To: "'Martin Butterfield'" <>
Subject: What this bird called?
From: "Wedderburn Birding" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:32:35 +1100

It all depends on the taxonomy you want to use. The IOC uses Pacific Koel,
whereas Clements (eBird) uses Australian Koel. The Common Koel is also known
as the Western Koel, whereas the Koel typically seen in Australia is also
known as the Eastern Koel.

According to HBW:

Western Koel subspecies and distribution
? E. s. scolopaceus (Linnaeus, 1758) ? Pakistan, India and Nepal S to Sri
Lanka, Laccadives and Maldives. 
? E. s. chinensis Cabanis & Heine, 1863 ? S China and Indochina; winters S
to Borneo. 
? E. s. harterti Ingram, 1912 ? Hainan. 
? E. s. malayanus Cabanis & Heine, 1863 ? E India and Bangladesh, through
Myanmar, Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia to Sumatra, Borneo, Java and
Lesser Sundas (Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores); winter visitor to Andaman and
Nicobar Is. 
? E. s. simalurensis Junge, 1936 ? Simeulue and offlying islands of Kokos
and Babi (off NW Sumatra). 
? E. s. frater McGregor, 1904 ? extreme N Philippines (Calayan and Fuga). 
? E. s. mindanensis (Linnaeus, 1766) ? Philippines S to Talaud Is and
Sangihe Is.  

Eastern Koel subspecies and distribution
? E. o. melanorhynchus S. Müller, 1843 ? Black-billed Koel ? Sulawesi. 
? E. o. facialis Wallace, 1863 ? Sula Is. 
? E. o. corvinus Stresemann, 1931 ? N Moluccas (Morotai, Halmahera, Ternate,
Tidore, Moti, Bacan). 
? E. o. orientalis (Linnaeus, 1766) ? Pacific Koel ? C Moluccas (Buru,
Manipa, Kelang, Tujuh, Seram, Ambon, Watubela). 
? E. o. picatus S. Müller, 1843 ? Lesser Sundas from Sumba to Timor and
Romang, and Kai Is. 
? E. o. rufiventer (Lesson, 1830) ? W Papuan Is, most of lowland New Guinea,
and Aru Is. 
? E. o. minimus van Oort, 1911 ? lowland SW New Guinea. 
? E. o. hybridus Diamond, 2002 ? Long I and nearby smaller islands, off NE
New Guinea. 
? E. o. salvadorii E. J. O. Hartert, 1900 ? Bismarck Archipelago. 
? E. o. alberti Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1907 ? Solomon Is. 
? E. o. subcyanocephalus Mathews, 1912 ? N Australia E to W Queensland;
migrant to New Guinea. 
? E. o. cyanocephalus (Latham, 1801) ? Australian Koel ? N Queensland to New
South Wales.

Other taxonomies have split some of the subspecies into full species. I use
IOC and have seen the Pacific Koel, Asian Koel and Black-billed Koel, all
full species according to IOC. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Martin Butterfield
Sent: Monday, 5 January 2015 6:36 AM
To: birding-aus NEW
Subject: What this bird called?

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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