Asian Koel

Scientific Name: Eudynamys scolopaceus
Malay Name: Tahu Asia
Chinese Name: 噪鹃

Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China, Southeast Asia with some northern populations wintering south to Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: scolopaceus, chinensis, harterti, malayanus, mindanensis.

Local Subspecies: malayanus

Size: 40-44 cm

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: Common resident and winter visitor (?)

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.

Featured articles:

BirdLife International. (2016). Eudynamys scolopaceus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.