Is anyone else hearing Pacific Koels yet?

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Subject: Is anyone else hearing Pacific Koels yet?
From: Rodney & Deborah Ralph <>
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2021 09:04:52 +0000

Thanks Jack, Shorty and Philip,


Appreciate the explanations. There were a few Pied Currawongs around today and their call can be heard from quite a distance and this one was in the distance.

Haven’t heard our local Blackbirds sound like a Koel and one of ours went off this arvo. We also have Bowerbirds and they just keep “ringing” us up and their other usual noises but it is something to keep in mind.

Thanks for your help. Good to know I am not the only one hearing them and thinking they sound like a Koel, thanks Shorty.



Deb and Rod


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Sent: Friday, 30 July 2021 6:53 PM
To: 'shorty' <>; 'Rodney & Deborah Ralph' <>
Subject: RE: [Canberrabirds] Is anyone else hearing Pacific Koels yet?


Thanks Deb and Rod, the Koel shouldn’t be here yet, and if so it would probably not be calling, though you never know following the remarkable last season.


As part of a paper being prepared for CBN tracking their rise in the ACT, I did a trawl through all COG’s Annual Bird Reports from the late 1990s,  and the earliest record of a Koel is from the 2nd GBS week of September (which starts on 11/9).  This was way back in 2007-2008, and there are only 3 other years where they were first recorded in September, including 2020-2021.  There is one confirmed winter record of a silent female photographed in mid June a few of years back.


There are a number of species with which the male ko-el call can be confused including the Pied Currawong, the one I personally can get fooled by is the Common Blackbird which has been occasionally calling around my local area over the past fortnight.


Jack Holland


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Sent: Friday, 30 July 2021 5:35 PM
To: Rodney & Deborah Ralph <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Is anyone else hearing Pacific Koels yet?


I also heard what sounded like a short call of a Koel at my place the other day. On investigation it was a Pied Currawong.




On Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 5:29 PM Rodney & Deborah Ralph <> wrote:

thought I heard a single call from Pacific Koel today at Jerrabomberra Wetlands did not add it to the eBird list as was not 100% sure but also thought I heard one at Isabella Pond the other day.


Is anyone else hearing them yet? Surely it is too early?

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