Common Koel

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Subject: Common Koel
From: Greg Anderson <>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 12:49:01 -0000
Dear all,

I was in my backyard on Sunday morning (August 3) in the northern suburbs 
of Brisbane and heard the unmistakeable call of a Common Koel. It spent 
only about a minute making its usual repettive single note call, then went 
into a short burst of its more excitable ululating call. Then it stopped. I 
did not see the bird. This is either a very early migrant or there is 
something out there doing a very good imitation of a Koel. I have noticed 
that the resident Koels in our area during the warmer months seem to arrive 
relatively late. Each year on Birding-Aus there are numbers of reports of 
Koels well down into NSW before our residents move in. Perhaps they winter 
further north? I was in Mackay about a month ago and there was a Koel 
calling there too, but only one.
Perhaps some of the more northerly contibuters to Birding-Aus could make 
some comments on the wintering of this species?



Greg Anderson, PhD                              
Head, Iron Metabolism Laboratory                        
Population Health and Human Genetics Division           
Queensland Institute of Medical Research
P.O. Royal Brisbane Hospital,  Herston,  Queensland  4029,  Australia
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