FW: "Golden Bosun Bird" our most weirdly misidentified bird?

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: FW: "Golden Bosun Bird" our most weirdly misidentified bird?
From: Martin Butterfield via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2023 04:43:32 +0000
Here in beautiful downtown Mallacoota at least a couple of people have misidentified a female Koel as the Walking Haystack Bird (aka Pheasant Coucal).  If, in a bad light, you squint at a photo of a Coucal you can see how they get there - and at least they are both cuckoos.

On Tue, 17 Jan 2023 at 15:36, Philip Veerman <> wrote:

Sorry I meant: the person did not just ignore it………..


From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Philip Veerman
Sent: Tuesday, 17 January, 2023 2:27 PM
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] "Golden Bosun Bird" our most weirdly misidentified bird?


I think I can nominate Koel as our most weirdly misidentified bird. This story below of a young Koel called a name that is a Tropicbird. In that case it was accompanied by a hint that the person actually could have had the start of an idea what a Golden Bosun is. Several weeks ago I wrote about a friend of mine who reported a Pacific Golden Plover perched on the power lines in his Pearce garden. He pointed it out to me by bringing in Neil Hermes’ new book but it was a female Koel (he had managed a few poor photos). About a year ago there was the one of the person who reported a Peregrine Falcon eating her tomatoes in her garden, photos showed it to also be a Koel.


What is strange is in each case the person did just ignore it and did not ask what is this, which would be the usual thing, but came up with an obscure ID that is not even remotely look alike. Sort of like seeing an Action bus and calling it an ambulance.



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