a drawing a day ::: october 2018 ::: day 21

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This is a female Common Koel also known as the Pacific Koel, it is a species of cuckoo endemic in Australia, New Guinea and eastern Indonesia. They seem to be spotted just before stormy weather and have colloquial names such as rainbird and stormbird. Traditionally found in woodlands and rainforests, the Common Koel is adapting well to urban spaces, particularly if there are tall trees and lots of fruiting plants. These tricksters lay her eggs in a host birds nest (often a Magpie Lark), the resulting baby Koel is much stronger and more demanding out-competing its adopted siblings and often exhausting its poor adopted mother. Once big enough to fly away, the mother returns and picks up her baby leaving the poor host bird very confused.

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