Dependent young Koel

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Subject: Dependent young Koel
From: Dr David Rosalky <>
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2021 05:34:50 +0000

Another squawking Koel near my place in Deakin.  It has been calling within a 50 m circle since at least 8am this morning.  During my several visits to the site, I observed two feeding events by RWBs both of which located the bird for me.  I finally got excellent sightings.  The bird looked almost fully grown with a long striped (wiggly stripes) tail.  Its crown displayed a narrow black strip between largish white /cream patches on either side.


It is interesting that the bird is in almost the exact position that I reported some weeks ago now.  It raises the question of whether the same RWB nest was parasitised again and the adoptive parents took the young to the same tree.


One reason I had so much trouble locating the bird is that I could not ascertain which tree it was in because its call kept moving.  It seems to have strongly ventriloquial vocalisation.


David Rosalky

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