Common names can be confusing and depending on the "authority" you use then
you may get different names. The usual Koel in Australia is called by
Christidis and Boles "Eastern Koel" - there is an Asian Koel which indeed is
an Asian bird that is rare vagrant that has been seen on Christmas Island.
Non of our other cuckoos are called Asian except for the possible Asian
Drongo-Cuckoo that may have turned up on Christmas as well.
But the IOC (worldbirdnames.org) which I guess takes a more "global" view
than C&B calls the Eastern Koel a Pacific Koel.....
> On 16/12/2009, at 9:55 AM, wrote:
> G'day everyone,
> I have a question similar to the recent ones that have been going around
> about the proper names of birds. I have done a search on the archives for
> this subject, but I didn't find the information I was looking for, so I
> apologise if this issue has been done to death before.
> Are migratory birds that are born in other countries such as China,
> Siberia, Alaska etc, referred to as being from their country of birth? eg:
> Sharp-tailed Sandpipers are born in Siberia, so are they referred to as
> being a Siberian bird?
> And if so then, I've heard people refer to the Koels and Cuckoos that we
> get here as being an Asian bird, but should they be called an Australian
> bird because this is there country of birth?
> Again, sorry if this is one of those chestnuts that crop up from time to
> time, but I am still relatively new to amateur birding and this information
> is new to me.
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