Eastern Koels in Holt

To: John Layton <>
Subject: Eastern Koels in Holt
From: Jean Ffrench <>
Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2019 05:15:46 +0000
Interesting, thanks. Nothing ever comes into our White Cedar! Ha ha. 

Are the two different types of calls by males and females? 

On 22 Dec 2019, at 3:54 pm, John Layton <> wrote:

At 13:45 today I heard  loud wurrow-wurrow calls interspersed with brassy keek-keek-keeking and went out onto the front porch while the birds called about once every 30 seconds. Nonetheless, it took me about two minutes to locate a female perched in the depths of our large White Cedar not 10 metres from where I stood. Both calls continued until suddenly, a male I’d not noticed burst from the tree and flew away. I watched the female as she continued calling for about another three minutes at which point I needed to go indoors and never heard or located her afterwards.


This is only the third sighting I’ve had of koels in our garden in over 30 years.


At 06:00 today, while travelling slowly along Southern Cross Drive in the Holt/Higgins area, I had frequent glimpses of Red Wattlebirds moving among eucalypts on the median strip and got a feeling they may be breeding there. Maybe there’s a connection with those glimpses and the koel calling in our place which is fairly close by.


John Layton


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