Asian Koel

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, chinensis?

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.

Ecology/Behaviour: A known brood parasite of Large-billed Crow and House Crow.

Local Status: Common resident and winter visitor (?)

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

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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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Reference:
Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore