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

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.


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.

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