Elusive Stormbird by byronbackyard

When seen, the male Common Koel is easily identified by its entirely glossy black plumage, tinged with blue and green, and striking red eye. The female has glossed brown upperparts, heavily spotted with white, and a black crown. The underparts are generally buff-cream with numerous fine black bars. Young birds resemble the adult female, but have considerably more buff and a dark eye. The Common Koel is a member of the cuckoo family. Adults are rather shy and they are heard much more than seen. In contrast to the adults, fledglings can be very conspicuous as they beg loudly for food from their foster parents.

The Common Koel is a brood parasite, that is, it lays its eggs in the nests of other bird species.

The male Common Koel advertises its presence by a loud ascending whistle or ‘koo-el’, monotonously repeated; the call of the female is a repetitive ‘keek-keek-keek-keek’. Males often call throughout the day and well into the night.
Canon 7D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Nice capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersover 2 years ago

    Nice one Deb… a beautiful bird with bad habits.

  • Indeed Phillip, I few bad habit including waking me up at 5am every morning calling outside my window!

    – byronbackyard

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 2 years ago

    Beautiful bird, excellent caopture!

  • Many thanks Naturelover!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • julie08
    julie08over 2 years ago

    Nice shot :)

  • Many thanks Julie!

    – byronbackyard

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 2 years ago

    A beautiful caption and the description is good too. THese birds get down here some times but I haven’t seen them, only heard them and it drives you mad. LOL

  • Many thanks Al, yes I’m hearing him at 5am in the mornings outside my window!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rodney Wratten
    Rodney Wrattenover 2 years ago

    Hi Deb,
    Great capture never seen one only heard them, but known they were a small bird with a very loud noise, very good description. a Favorite. many thanks.

  • Thanks Rodney, yes I hear him at 5am and saw him the once, not so small, about the size of a Crow!

    – byronbackyard

  • Wayne Wood
    Wayne Woodover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on having your image selected for featuring in the group “The Birds”.

  • Many thanks Wayne, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Darlene Lankford Honeycutt
    Darlene Lankfo...over 2 years ago


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