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Eastern Koel

Common Koel MaleDescription

The Eastern koel, also known as the Pacific koel or Australian koel in Australia, is a species of cuckoo in the Cuculidae family. In Australia, it is colloquially known as the rainbird or stormbird, as its call is usually more prevalent before or during stormy weather.


The Eastern koel is a brood parasite. In Australia, their hosts are mainly large honeyeaters (especially noisy friarbirds and red wattlebirds).[6] Unlike in other parasitic cuckoos, the young do not attempt to kill the host chicks. This trait is shared with the channel-billed cuckoo, which – as in the Eastern koel – are largely frugivorous as adults.[7] A study of vocalisation noted that the duetting behaviour may indicate the possibility of short-term pair-bonding in its otherwise polygynous mating system.[8]


Distribution and habitat

Eastern Koel mapThe Eastern koel is found in forest, woodland, plantations and gardens from Wallacea east to the Solomon Islands and south to northern and eastern Australia. The Eastern koel has not been rated by IUCN, but the Australian/Eastern Koel is considered to be of Least Concern.[1]



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