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Asian Koel

From Opus

Alternative name: Western Koel

Subspecies E. s. chinensis malePhoto by anonymous_guyLamma Island, Hong Kong
Subspecies E. s. chinensis male
Photo by anonymous_guy
Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Eudynamys scolopaceus

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[edit] Identification

Nominate subspecies male Photo by Alok TewariDelhi, India, June-2012
Nominate subspecies male
Photo by Alok Tewari
Delhi, India, June-2012

39–46 cm (15¼-18 in)
Male:

  • Bluish-black
  • Pale green bill
  • Red eyes
  • Grey legs and feet

Female:

  • Brownish upperparts with white spots
  • Whitish underparts heavily striped and spotted brown
  • Olive or green beak
  • Red eyes

[edit] Distribution

Found from southern Asia, China, Indochina to the northern Moluccas (Indonesia).

[edit] Taxonomy

Nominate Ssp. Parasitic immature fed by House Crow parents Photo by Alok TewariDelhi, India, Aug- 2010
Nominate Ssp. Parasitic immature fed by House Crow parents
Photo by Alok Tewari
Delhi, India, Aug- 2010

Formerly considered conspecific with Black-billed Koel and Pacific Koel.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

[edit] Habitat

Light woodland and on the fringes of urban areas, mangrove, scrub, plantations, orchards, gardens, parks, rare in forests

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

These birds are what you call brood-parasitic, meaning it lays its eggs in nest of Large-billed Crow, and House Crow.

[edit] Diet

Whilst the adults feed mainly on fruit, their diet also includes insects, caterpillars, eggs and small vertebrates.

[edit] Vocalisation

Subspecies E. s. malayanus femalePhoto by 996sps Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, February 2007
Subspecies E. s. malayanus female
Photo by 996sps
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, February 2007

Call: This is most unique. It consists of a series of 'tuhoo's wherein the 'hoo' is slightly drawn out. The repetitions are very quick, one after the other.


Listen in an external program
Recording by Alok Tewari
Delhi, India, April-2012
Call given by a male, recorded in the neighborhood garden.

Listen in an external program
Recording by Alok Tewari
Recorded in an urban garden, Delhi, India, May-2018
High pitch burst by a female followed by crescendo of male, and female again in the end.

[edit] In Culture

Since the bird is most active just before the onset of monsoon, Indians believe that its arrival heralds the oncoming rains.

In Sri Lanka, this bird has a strong association with the traditional new year celebrations of Sri Lanka. In the literature around the festival, the song of the bird is regarded as heralding new year. This bird is known as the koha in Sri Lanka by the Sinhala speaking community.

[edit] References

Nominate subspecies juvenile Photo by bankimAhmedabad, Gujarat, India, July 2005
Nominate subspecies juvenile
Photo by bankim
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, July 2005
  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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