What this bird called?

To: Martin Butterfield <>, Birding-Aus <>
Subject: What this bird called?
From: Steve Clark <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:25:57 +1100
G'day Martin

There are several taxonomic systems around the world.  Two of the most
accepted are the International Ornithologists Union (IOC) and Clements.  I
use the IOC list.  Currently for the Koels they have:


Vigors & Horsfield, 1827

(Linnaeus, 1758) Asian Koel OR widespread, also Lesser Sundas

scolopaceus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Nepal, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Laccadives and Maldives

chinensis Cabanis & Heine, 1863
s China, Indochina to Borneo

harterti Ingram, W, 1912

Hainan (off se China)

malayanus Cabanis & Heine, 1863
ne India and Bangladesh to Sumatra, Borneo and w Lesser Sundas

mindanensis (Linnaeus, 1766)

Palawan and the Philippines to the n Moluccas
Müller, S, 1843 Black-billed Koel AU Sulawesi, Sula Islands.

(Linnaeus, 1766) Pacific Koel AU s Moluccas to n, e Australia.

orientalis (Linnaeus, 1766)

s Moluccas

picatus Müller, S, 1843

Sumba to Timor and Kai Is. SSP

rufiventer (Lesson, 1830)

New Guinea

minimus van Oort, 1911

sw New Guinea

hybrida Diamond, 2002

Long I. (off ne New Guinea)

salvadorii Hartert, 1900

Bismarck Arch.

alberti Rothschild & Hartert, 1907
Solomon Is.

cyanocephalus (Latha 1801)

n Queensland to s New South Wales to Moluccas

subcyanocephalus Mathews, 1912

nw Australia to nw Queensland to s Moluccas

So the Koel turning up annually in Victoria these days is Pacific Koel (*E.
orientalis cyanocephalus*) according to IOC 4.4 and Australian Koel (*E.
cyanocephalus cyanocephalus*) according to Clements 6.9.

Steve Clark
Hamilton. Vic

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
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