Distinguishing female and juvenile Koels

To: Robin Hide <>
Subject: Distinguishing female and juvenile Koels
From: Marg Peachey via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2021 10:20:05 +0000
Hi Robin,

Having raised a few koels I can tell you my observations.

The fledglings/juveniles are exactly like the females but do not have the lovely pale heart shapes on their body.

This pic looks like a male getting his black feathers, so a little older than a juvenile.

kind regards,

On Tue, 2 Feb 2021 at 15:09, Robin Hide via Canberrabirds <> wrote:

Yesterday (1 Feb 2021) our Ainslie garden had a very brief visit by what I thought was an adult female Koel (quickly husled away by a currawong and R Wattle Birds)  but I’m wondering what are considered the main features distinguishing the colouring of females and juveniles?

This is the bird:





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