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Pacific Koel - BirdForum Opus

Male
Photo by IanC
Port Macquarie, New South Wales, December 2006
Eudynamys orientalis

Identification

Male:

  • Glossy black plumage, tinged with blue and green
  • Red eye

Female:

  • Glossy brown upperparts, heavily spotted with white
  • Black crown
  • Buff-cream underparts with fine black bars

Juvenile: resembles the adult female, but is more buff and has a dark eye.

Female
Photo by IanC
Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, January 2006

Distribution

Southern Moluccas, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, Solomon Islands and north-west Australia along the north coast and down to New South Wales. Australian Birds winter in the Moluccan Islands.

Taxonomy

Formerly treated conspecific with Asian Koel and Black-billed Koel.

Subspecies[1]

Seven subspecies in two groups:

  • Oriental Koel
    • E. o. orientalis: in southern Molucccas (Buru, Manipa, Kelang, Seram, Ambon, Watubela)
    • E. o. picatus: on Kai Islands, Sumba to Timor and Roma
    • E. o. rufiventer: on New Guinea
    • E. o. hybrida: Long Islands (Crown, Long, and Tolokiwa), between New Guinea and New Britain
    • E. o. salvadorii: on the Bismarck Archipelago
    • E. o. alberti: on the Solomon Islands
  • Australian Koel
Juvenile
Photo by janha
Thuringowa, Queensland, Australia, January 2006

Habitat

Tall forests and suburbs and golf courses.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes fruit, particularly figs.

Breeding

It is a brood parasite, laying 1 egg.

In Culture

It is also colloquially known as the Rainbird or Stormbird in eastern Australia, as its call is supposed to foreshadow rain.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birds in Backyards
  3. BirdForum Member observations

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