To: "Del Richards" <>, "Glassco" <>
Subject: Koels
From: "Bruce Cox" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004 14:05:45 +1100
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Koels
Hi Del and Birding-ausers,
Quite a few years ago at Port Macquarie I saw a male koel feeding what looked like a berry to an immature koel, I was never sure whether it was feeding a young bird or courting a female in immature plumage.
Several times over the years I have seen immature and adult cuckoos together. Koels and Shining Bronze Cuckoos are two that come to mind. I am sure there is some kind of a bond there.
In the early 1990's I saw a male and female koel apparently supervising Red Wattlebirds feeding two koel young, one of these young was beginning to get black (male) adult plumage.
I am sure we still have a lot to learn about our birds. 
Bruce Cox. 

In many years of observing I have not noted any ineraction between the larger cuckoos with immatures although I ve come accross records in literature. At Gracemere near Rockhampton Q. in late May 1994 I located a pair of Blue-faced Honeyeaters were rearing a young Koel. This is the latest that I had seen a cuckoo being fostered.
    In February 2002 in riverside vegetation beside the Daintree an adult Gould's Bronze-cuckoo had an immature in tow and feed it with insects on two occassions as we watched. The young bird was begging and there was no sign of any foster parents. This proves that they have some form of parenting instinct at least.
Del. Richards, Fine Feather Tours, Mossman, NQ.
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