Eastern Koel (Eudynamys orientalis)

The Eastern Koel is a large ‘parasitic’ Cuckoo.  In Australia it is a summer migrant  to the north and to eastern Australia, especially close to the coast.  Not commonly seen in the southeast, however it is an increasingly regular summer visitor to the Canberra region. Koels are noisy birds and their arrival is often noted by members of the general public who are not normally keen birdwatchers.  The male is glossy black with a red eye, the female is checkered cream and dark brown. Juveniles are similar to females, here one such bird is seen being fed by its ‘parent’ – a much smaller Red Wattlebird.