To: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>, <>
Subject: Koel
From: "Dow, Coral (DPS)" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 09:48:08 +1100
The Tyson St Ainslie Koel has gone quiet, only a few soft morning calls in the last few weeks, and no calling in past 5 days. Is this the same for the other Ainslie/Braddon Koel? 

Dr Coral Dow
Senior Researcher, Social Policy Section
Research Branch
Parliamentary Library, Department of Parliamentary Services
Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
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From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Friday, 22 February 2008 8:00 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Koel

Just now, the very local koel completed a hour-long calling stint in its favourite pin oak.  During this it was kept on the hop through the foliage by a pair of currawongs, being finally evicted by one of them.  It seems to me that the exceptionally reclusive habits of koels around Canberra (on which Shaun B for example has commented) might be due to the number of currawongs and other harassers.  It suits them to expose themselves as little as possible while calling.  Happens elsewhere of course but I wonder whether this is not relative, directly related to the harasser factor.     

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