Eastern Koels in Garden

To: 'Julie Clark' <>, 'COG Chatline' <>
Subject: Eastern Koels in Garden
From: Dr David Rosalky <>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2017 04:32:27 +0000

The pair of koels at my place is frequently visible and they seem to perch on exactly the same branches of next door’s cedar on repeated occasions.


A couple of interesting observations have emerged.  When the pair separated by about 30 metres, they each made little quiet contact noises which I would not have recognised had I not seen the prior behaviours.  As well as I could discern, the two sexes had different contact noises.

The other observation is that when the male was calling from this visible vantage point, I attempted to whistle the male’s call with the result that both birds reacted and, in each case, the male flew off in the same direction each time.


David Rosalky


From: Julie Clark [
Sent: Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:09 AM
To: COG Chatline <>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Eastern Koels in Garden


Hi All,


After driving us crazy with their persistent calls, two Koels finally popped out of a conifer next door and flew onto the fence and then bare branches on a tree. I couldn't believe it when they just sat there for about 10 minutes. It's the first time I've had unobstructed views of each.


Photos on Flickr for anyone else who'd never actually had good views of the entire bird!






Julie Clark


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