What this bird called?

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Subject: What this bird called?
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:12:19 +1100
Thanks to all for the advice provided, both on and off this line.  Both
Clements and IOC are obviously reputable so a coin toss would seem to be
one option.

However, as I use eBird for my formal data entry it seems sensible to
rationalise my private data holdings following that system and thus
Australian Koel will be my standard.


Martin Butterfield

On 5 January 2015 at 06:36, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:

> 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
> Martin Butterfield
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