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Asian Koel

Scientific Name : Eudynamys scolopaceus

is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. It is found in South Asia, China, and Southeast Asia. It forms a superspecies with the closely related Black-billed and Pacific Koels which are sometimes treated as subspecies. The Asian Koel is a brood parasite that lays its eggs in the nests of crows and other hosts, who raise its young. They are unusual among the cuckoos in being largely frugivorous as adults. The name koel is echoic in origin with several language variants. The bird is a widely used symbol in Indian poetry.

The Asian Koel is a large, long-tailed, cuckoo measuring 3946 cm (1518 in) and weighing 190327 g (6.711.5 oz). The male of the nominate race is glossy bluish-black, with a pale greenish grey bill, the iris is crimson, and it has grey legs and feet. The female of the nominate race is brownish on the crown and has rufous streaks on the head. The back, rump and wing coverts are dark brown with white and buff spots. The underparts are whitish, but is heavily striped. The other subspecies differ in colouration and size. The upper plumage of young birds is more like that of the male and they have a black beak. They are very vocal during the breeding season (March to August in South Asia), with a range of different calls. The familiar song of the male is a repeated koo-Ooo. The female makes a shrill kik-kik-kik... call. Calls vary across populations.

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  • Copyright: arun tp (aruntp67) (12)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-06-30
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/5.3, 1/60 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2013-07-01 4:32
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