Scientific Name: Eudynamys scolopaceus
Malay Name: Tahu Asia
Chinese Name: 噪鹃
Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China, Southeast Asia with some northern populations wintering south to Southeast Asia
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: scolopaceus, chinensis, harterti, malayanus, mindanensis.
Local Subspecies: malayanus
Size: 40-44 cm
Identification: Male resembles crow but has glossy blue-black overall plumage, stout greenish bill and red eyes. Female resembles male but has dark brownish overall plumage with whitish spots on upperparts and streaks/barrings on underparts.
Habitat: Forest edge, wooded areas, mangroves, parks and gardens.
Behaviour/Ecology: A known brood parasite of Large-billed Crow and House Crow.
Local Status: Very common resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Any suitable habitat like Singapore Botanic Gardens, Pasir Ris Park, Lorong Halus, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Kranji Marsh, Jurong Eco Garden, etc.
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Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Asian Koel. Retrieved on December 8, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/asian-koel.