Juvenile Eastern Koel chick demanding food from its adopted Little Wattlebird mother.
The juvenile Eastern Koel I have been tracking for Birdlife Australia (a public survey to learn more about the Koel’s habits) seems healthy and happy, growing steadily under the dutiful care of its ‘adopted’ mother the Little Wattlebird. Like most cuckoos the Eastern Koel lays its egg in another birds nest and on hatching the juvenile Koel pushes any other eggs/fledglings out and becomes the sole recipient of food. Much needed given it grows much bigger than its new parent.
This bird was having a lovely time eating mulberries next door to my mother’s place in Sydney. It is an adult Eastern Koel, one of the Australian cuckoos, they are similar to a spangled drongo but the Drongo is smaller and has a distinct ‘fish’ tail. They are also similiar to the all black Currawong but they have a yellow eye. This one was making a lot of noise, a sort of piping sound that was very pretty, and in between singing he was enjoying the last of the mulberries, one of their favourite foods.