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Photo © by IanC
Port Macquarie, New South Wales, December 2006

Alternative names: Eastern Koel; "Australian Koel"

Eudynamys orientalis


Photo © by IanC
Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, January 2006


  • Glossy black plumage, tinged with blue and green
  • Red eye


  • Glossy brown upperparts, heavily spotted with white
  • Black crown
  • Buff-cream underparts with fine black bars

Juvenile: resembles the adult female, but is more buff and has a dark eye.


Photo by janha
Thuringowa, Queensland, Australia, January 2006

Southern Moluccas, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, Solomon Islands and north-west Australia along the north coast and down to New South Wales. Australian Birds winter in the Moluccan Islands.


Often treated conspecific with one or both of Asian Koel and Black-billed Koel.


Photo © by fthsm
Paramatta River, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, November 2008

Eight subspecies in two groups[1]:

  • Oriental Koel
    • E. o. orientalis: in southern Molucccas (Buru, Manipa, Kelang, Seram, Ambon, Watubela)
    • E. o. picatus: on Kai Islands, Sumba to Timor and Roma
    • E. o. rufiventer: on New Guinea
    • E. o. hybrida: Long Islands (Crown, Long, and Tolokiwa), between New Guinea and New Britain
    • E. o. salvadorii: on the Bismarck Archipelago
    • E. o. alberti: on the Solomon Islands
  • Australian Koel


Fledgling being fed by Red Wattlebird
Photo © by fthsm
Fairyland, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, December 2008

Can be found in mature primary and secondary forests, plantations, woodlands, gardens and on golf courses.



Adults; the diet includes fruit, particularly figs.


It is a brood parasite, laying 1 egg. Australian birds use mainly Noisy Friarbirds, or Red Wattlebirds to host their offspring. The young bird does not attempt to replace chicks in the host species nest.


Duetting may suggest short term pair bonds forming, as well as the normal polygynous mating behaviour.

Probable territorial call
Recording by AmateurBirdMan
Victoria, Australia, 1 December 2023

In Culture

It is also colloquially known as the Rainbird or Stormbird in eastern Australia, as its call is supposed to foreshadow rain.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  1. Birds in Backyards, https://www.birdsinbackyards.net/
  2. https://animalia.bio/pacific-koel
  3. BirdForum Member observations

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