Yes, Philip, although 'Common' could be left out of it as there is now unanimity in global lists that the split of
orientalis from the koel species of south Asia is justified. The main differences concern English names. COG and Birdlife Australia follow HBW/BLI in using ‘Eastern’ for the name of our species (see below). ‘Pacific’ is not favoured because that is
the name HBW/BLI use for a ‘group’ of subspecies of orientalis extending from the Moluccas to the Solomons. HBW/BLI uses ‘Australian Koel’ for a group containing the two Australian subspecies. Usually editors of global lists would be receptive to
suggestions for English names for our Australian birds but it does not seem worth making the effort in this case because the taxonomy is likely to change again.
From: Philip Veerman <>
Sent: Friday, 25 September 2020 11:14 PM
Subject: Returning migrants
Pacific / Eastern / Common Koel ------- and the conditions. They are also called Rainbird & Stormbird.
From: Mark Clayton [m("bigpond.com","chollop7");">]
Sent: Friday, 25 September, 2020 8:20 AM
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Returning migrants
Good morning all,
At 05:51 this morning I head a Pacific Koel call once from just outside my GBS area in Kaleen. Given the conditions this morning the bird must have wondered what it has flown into! also at 06:24 an Oriental Dollarbird called from the
top of a dead tree in a neighbour's yard just across the road from my house. I could well be wrong but both birds seem to be early this year.
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