Distinguishing female and juvenile Koels

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Subject: Distinguishing female and juvenile Koels
From: Robin Hide via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2021 22:15:42 +0000


many thanks for your reply.


Just had another in the garden- younger (I think)  and begging:  (a RWB in the plum tree nearby). The Koel sitting on the sunscreen over our raspberries. and then into the plum tree


7 Toms Crescent, Ainslie.  8 Feb. 21










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Sent: Tuesday, 2 February 2021 3:59 PM
To: Robin Hide
Subject: RE: [Canberrabirds] Distinguishing female and juvenile Koels


Many thanks Robin, I am preparing my presentation on the ACT Koel for the COG meeting and one slide makes the following points which I’ll also illustrate with photos (but field guides also show)


  • Female spotted on back, black head/under chin
  • Fledgling/juvenile barred back and wings, often a golden crown, tail may be short but grows, as does amount of black on crown and under chin
  • Fledgling colour can be very variable from very light to quite golden, to quite brown


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