Time to look out for Koel babies!

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Subject: Time to look out for Koel babies!
From: "Michael & Janette Lenz" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 16:41:48 +1100

After Coral Dow’s recent find of the first Koel baby for the season in Ainslie, I found a 2nd one today near the Ainslie shops in a garden that was home to one young already last year.


The persistent begging calls give them away, although the birds can be hard to spot. They tend to stay in denser vegetation, at least while younger. The current 2 Ainslie gardens with young Koels have taller bushes and trees with dense foliage.


Observers who have seen female Koels in their respective suburb could start to listen and look for Koel offspring. So far in Canberra only Red Wattlebirds have been recorded as hosts, although the other day a male Koel was chased by a pair of Magpie-larks (another potential host, as is the Noisy Friarbird) in North Lyneham. Clearly, Ainslie can’t be the only suburb in which Koels feel home enough to breed!


Michael Lenz

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