Thursday, January 13, 2011

Koel At The Bird Feeder

Two Asian Koels(Eudynamys scolopaceus), one male and the other a female, have found their way into the bird feeder. They come for a feed off it frequently, but never together so far. The female Koel looks very different   to the male, I'll be able to show you soon. This bird can be considered a flagship species, as it's bound with local culture. The male Koel's distinctive call for a mate is heard around every April, and it's April when Sinhalese-Hindu new year is celebrated. So, it is said that the male birds  call is indeed the message  of new year arriving.


Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
An interesting fact about Asian Koel is that the female lays eggs in crow's nests, hence making it a brood parasite.
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3 comments:

  1. what you say about koel is same here and they are also common species in our area

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  2. It sounds like the Koels are as popular there, as the Bem-te-vi here in Brazil. Locals say that the call sounds like the Portuguese phrase used to say "good to see you". It is the most popular bird in urban areas, as well.

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  3. Hi Surajit, Yes,both your and my parts of the world sure has many things in common.

    Hi Amaris,Thanks for the link to that cute bird! Some human-animal relationships are universal!

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