An Odd Koel Situation

Subject: An Odd Koel Situation
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2023 22:08:12 +1000
In my experience, koels almost invariably call from cover.  You can hear them 
but they lurk in such thick foliage that you can rarely see them calling.

I was riding my bike up a hill in the southern suburbs of Brisbane around 6 am 
this morning when I heard some classic koel grunting.  I saw a male koel 
perched less than a metre above the ground in an open shrub on the footpath.  
It remained in the shrub until I was within 2 metres of it and then flew off.  
I had a good look at its red eye.  Shortly after a female koel broke cover from 
a low position about 10 metres away, calling as it flew.

I was wondering what they were up to. You don’t normally get that close to 
koels. I thought they might have been nest raiding.  If that was the case, the 
host species would be one comfortable nesting at a fairly low level ...
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