Probable young koel in Glebe Park.

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Subject: Probable young koel in Glebe Park.
From: John Layton <>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2021 04:34:16 +0000

At 09:00 on 21/02/21 while walking in Glebe Park I heard an outpouring of the strangest bird calls I’ve ever experienced in the COG A.O.I. With just a touch of melodrama I’d describe it as an overlapping of sounds, a churring, clacking, wheezing aural collage reminiscent of an old chaff-cutter being driven by a farmer with emphysema.

At first I couldn’t sight the source of the noise until two Red Wattlebirds flew into the thickly foliaged tree and then, after 30-seconds prying with my binoculars, I glimpsed the head and neck of what I took to be a young koel. (My experience with koels is minimal.) I could see the black eye stripe which broadened noticeably as it extended down the side of the neck. The crown appeared to be a light buff rather than golden, but this may have been due to the light.

Suddenly a Pied Currawong burst out from near the koel chased by one of the wattlebirds. Perhaps my decision that the koel was a youngster was driven by the presence of the wattlebirds that may have been feeding it, although I couldn’t see what they were doing. And a further thought: maybe the extraordinary racket kicked up by the koel might have been a reaction to the presence of the currawong.

So there’s an element of conjecture in the foregoing but here’s hoping it is of some interest.


John Layton















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