Yes worthy observation. I'm not surprised. On a quick look, I can't see rain
bathing mentioned in HANZAB. Then again, this is not the sort of thing that
HANZAB normally mentions. It gives another relevance to the name rainbird.
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Sent: Monday, 27 December, 2021 8:52 PM
To: 'Lyndon Howe'; 'Canberra Birds'
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Great observations Lyndon, though I am aware of the Eastern Koel drinking
(and possibly bathing) in bird baths in the ACT, to my knowledge no-one has
reported them rain bathing. A quick Google did turn up a few examples of
other Koel species doing so. Regards Jack Holland
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Sent: Monday, 27 December 2021 7:20 PM
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Subject: Emailing: DSC_2839.jpg, DSC_2811.jpg, DSC_2821.jpg
I watched this Common Koel in our front yard for almost 30 minutes on
Christmas day, during a very heavy thunderstorm which had a share of hail
in amongst the rain. The bird was just laying spreadeagled on a shrub, and
every 45 seconds or so would flap and wriggle, obviously bathing. It would
bathe for about 20 seconds and then pause before repeating the action over
the 30 mins., and would occasionally raise its' head to allow rain to fall
into its' mouth. All together a fascinating half hour.
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