FW: Koel update

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Subject: FW: Koel update
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2024 02:33:00 +0000

An educated guess at an answer (as I don’t actually know). I suspect not. I would think this part of their normal agro behaviour. There is little evidence that Koels like being in groups. I would suggest they likely migrate alone and quite likely at night. It was interesting that the Peregrine Falcon at Orange university brought in a dead Koel to the nest in the middle of the night. Believed to be night time hunting. This 24 hour video of this pair of Peregrine Falcons indicates they do a lot of night time hunting.


From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Terry Munro via Canberrabirds
Sent: Wednesday, 21 February, 2024 12:42 PM
Cc: Canberrabirds
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] FW: Koel update


Just yesterday (Tue) around the top of Higinbotham St Watson I heard/ saw around 6 Koels flying around making a lot of noise. Is this their call to migrating north ?

Terry Munro



On Wed, 21 Feb 2024 at 8:33 am, jandaholland--- via Canberrabirds <> wrote:

Many thanks again for all the responses I have received in relation to this year’s Koel season.  It seems clear that up to 5 adult Koels are still being heard/seen in quite a few locations.  However, the low number of fledglings to date seems also to have been confirmed, as I’ve only been able to add 5 to the running total, which is now 56.  So far it does seem to be a very different season from expected, noting that after the record 2020-2021 season where we had around 350 fledglings, I expected numbers in following years to keep rising significantly.  The reasons for this are unclear, possibly due to relatively few Red Wattlebirds being around (certainly the case in my local patch) as well as the very wet period from the end of November leading to nest failures, though at least around my place some species have managed OK.  Jack Holland

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