Brood-parasitic hosts for Asian Koel

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“In July 2017 I posted on brood-parasitic hosts for Asian Koels (Eudynamys scolopaceus malayanus) LINK 1 and LINK 2.

Asian Koel

I suggested that the absence of the House Crow (Corvus splendens) in the city and with Jungle Crow/Large-billed Crows (Corvus macrorhynchos) in very small numbers, that Common Mynas (Acridotheres tristis tristis) were being used by the Koels and are possibly the main brood-parasitic hosts.

Juvenile Asian Koel being fed by a pair of Common Mynas

“At that time I had seen a juvenile being fed by Common Mynas with Jungle Mynas (Acridotheres fuscus torquatus) in attendance.

Asian Koel

“This week I have seen two juvenile Asian Koels in the neighbourhood. One was being fed by a pair of Common Mynas. There were 6 Mynas in attendance (3 Common and 3 Jungle Mynas), attracted by the ‘begging’ calls of the juvenile bird which sound like juvenile Myna calls. The other Koel is an older female juvenile that was self-feeding.”

Asian Koel

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
1st May 2018

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment

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