End of the Koel Saga

To: 'Canberra Birds' <>
Subject: End of the Koel Saga
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2020 10:59:38 +0000

It would indeed be interesting to know if adult Koels have a role in guiding or accompanying young birds on their first migration, their own young or even unrelated ones. Given that they have no role in raising them (but it seems they stay in the vicinity), it is a tantalising and curious concept.




From: Denise Kay [
Sent: Friday, 28 February, 2020 7:56 PM
To: John Harris
Cc: Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] End of the Koel Saga


Wildcare have done a great job as usual , its not an easy job raising a Koel chick 

On 28 Feb 2020, at 4:53 pm, John Harris <> wrote:


The dramatic  saga of the juvenile Koel in my plum tree and the attending male waiting to guide its northward flight has a (sort of) happy ending.

People from Wildcare Queanbeyan read my posts. They had a rescued juvenile Koel which was ready to be released. When they read of ‘my’ juvenile Koel , that there was plenty of food here, and that he had a guide waiting for him, they contacted me and came and released it in my yard.

I cannot honestly say that I saw the released bird after that. I saw and heard a juvenile Koel for about a week after that but do not know which one I was hearing or if it was both. I stopped hearing the juvenile calls about a week ago, only the male wirra wirra.

I have seen or heard nothing for a week now. I presume they are on their journey north. I hope they make it.



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