Identification please

To: canberra birds <>
Subject: Identification please
From: Denis Wilson <>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2011 23:30:32 +1100
Hi Viv

It is most assuredly a juvenile Koel.

In Canberra, where it has only been breeding for a short period of time, it seems that Red Wattlebirds are pretty much their host of choice. The yellow belly of the Wattlebird is clearly visible in your photo.

Check out the Birds in Backyards site ( from Aust'n Miuseum, Sydney).
The notes on Breeding match your report.

Three photos on that site - male, female and juvenile.

Denis Wilson

On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 10:50 PM, Vivien <> wrote:
This was photographed by a neighbour in Kaleen.  A wattle bird feeding a cuckoo.  I saw it today, but could not get a really good look.  Is is a Koel juvenile?  That was the nearest looking in the books.  I did not know if they laid their eggs in another birds nest or not.The neighbour has watched it feeding the youngster for days now.

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