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Pacific Koel - BirdForum Opus

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



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


  • 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.

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


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.


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


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
Photo by janha
Thuringowa, Queensland, Australia, January 2006


Tall forests and suburbs and golf courses.



The diet includes fruit, particularly figs.


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.


  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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