To: 'Geoffrey Dabb' <>, "" <>
Subject: Koels
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2016 06:25:55 +0000

I have had one adult male & one adult female in my GBS area for the past few weeks, though they have not been easy to find. The male has similar but less whitish barring on the underside to the one on Geoff’s photo. I haven’t noticed any young Koels.






From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Saturday, 9 January 2016 4:22 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Koels


Finally had a young bird in the back yard today, after tracing the calling to a large Dawson River Callistemon.  This is exactly 100 days since I first noted the return of the species in this area.  Although it was calling persistently, I would take it to be a ‘mover-through’, based on the length of the tail and its flying off for 2 flights of 20-30m.  Although it was calling persistently I did not see it being fed, and it had probably moved from the home territory of its foster parents.  It seemed to be in the company of a male that was giving bursts of calling – what I call the yodelling call, a kind of ‘wurroo-oodle-oo’. Perhaps of most interest was that the male (quite shy and only glimpsed in the depths of a deciduous tree) had sub-adult plumage, perhaps in final stages of post-juvenile moult.





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