This post is for Wild Bird Wednesday.Over the last few weeks the Noisy Friarbirds have almost taken over my back garden so I have become used to hearing their rather harsh voices during most of the day. However, the other morning there was an absolute cacophony of shrieks, cackles, and squarks. (The Dictionary defines cacophony as a harsh discordance of sound and this was exactly what this group of birds sounded like.) In among all this noise there was another 'squark' which I did not recognize. When I went down the back I saw this beautiful female Koel (Eudynamis scolopacea). Koels migrate down from Asia and spend the summer here. They are cuckoos and lay their eggs in the nests of large honeyeaters. The Friarbirds certainly saw this bird as an undesirable resident of the neighborhood.
Since then I have also been hearing the male bird calling close by. This photo is from last year as I have not seen the male close enough for photos this year.