Currawong koel?

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Subject: Currawong koel?
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 12:50:23 +1100
An odd story. Certainly nothing to do with hybrids! Also not that "did the koel lay its eggs in the PC's nest and the young PC learn the call" because you are (I assume) talking about the call of an adult koel which a young PC would not learn from a nestling koel. Besides, mostly host chicks don't survive a baby cuckoo and koels don't parasitise PC anyway (Channel-billed Cuckoos do). It could be mimicry, although that is not a strong point of PC but magpies & butcherbirds do it so no reason why the occasional PC wouldn't. My suggestion is that it may be a young PC learning to call and at this time of year many young birds come out with odd sounds. The young Magpie-larks in particular are doing this now.
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