Re: birding-aus Koel in Melbourne

Subject: Re: birding-aus Koel in Melbourne
From: "Peter Menkhorst"<>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 17:05:23 +1000
Peter Lansley wrote:


A male Koel has reliably been reported calling (and seen) this morning in
the Melbourne suburb of Mont Albert. It is apparently moving about the area
a bit. The observer is familiar with the bird from north Queensland
This is interesting because reports of Koels are becoming almost an annual
event in Victoria and it follows on from the Channel-billed Cuckoo in

This is even more interesting because I heard, but did not see, what I am
almost certain was a male Koel at my place in Heidelberg Heights,
Melbourne, at 0730 hrs on Sunday 28 Nov. By the time I had roused myself
enough to stumble outside, I heard only a few more calls from the next
street then silence.

I have not recorded Koel in this district in 20 years of living there.

Peter Menkhorst
Flora and Fauna Program
Dept of Natural Resources and Environment
PO Box 500
East Melbourne

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