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The Asian Koel

The Asian Koel
Photo Information
Copyright: Indrasish Guha (indrasish) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 19] (170)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: NikonD200, Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8 ED
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-25 0:51
Viewed: 2167
Points: 16
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I took this shot at Kalyani( a town near Kolkata)..
This is the Asian Koel..
About Asian Koel:-
The Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus ) is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. It is found in South Asia, China, andSoutheast Asia. It forms a superspecies with the closely related Black-billed and Pacific Koels which are sometimes treated as subspecies. The Asian Koel is a brood parasite that lays its eggs in the nests of crows and other hosts, who raise its young. They are unusual among the cuckoos in being largely frugivorous as adults. The name koel is echoic in origin with several language variants. The bird is a widely used symbol in Indian poetry.
The Asian Koel is a large, long-tailed, cuckoo measuring 3946 cm (1518 in) and weighing 190327 g (6.711.5 oz). The male of the nominate race is glossy bluish-black, with a pale greenish grey bill, the iris is crimson, and it has grey legs and feet. The female of the nominate race is brownish on the crown and has rufous streaks on the head. The back, rump and wing coverts are dark brown with white and buff spots. The underparts are whitish, but is heavily striped. The other subspecies differ in colouration and size. The upper plumage of young birds is more like that of the male and they have a black beak. They are very vocal during the breeding season (March to August in South Asia), with a range of different calls. The familiar song of the male is a repeated koo-Ooo. The female makes a shrill kik-kik-kik... call. Calls vary across populations.
They show a pattern of moult that differs from those of other parasitic cuckoos. The outer primaries show a transilient (alternating) ascending moult (P9-7-5-10-8-6) while the inner primaries are moulted in stepwise descending order (1-2-3-4).(Payne citing Stresemann and Stresemann 1961)

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真是漂亮的鳥 雖然在沒光亮線中 照的很清晰
表情真是一百分 顏色實在太鮮豔美麗
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello indrasish,
Well captured this drenched bird.It's a common one in our area.Nice natural colour in its natural habitat.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,
Srikumar Da

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-08-25 6:08]

The quality of this pic is the best available in this dark and difficult light of the forest,impressives details,bright colors and nice composition too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Indrasish, this is not a Asian Koel. The size, the brown on the back and wings, black beak and the ruby red eyes clearly indicate that this is a Greater Coucal (Crow pheasant).
Nice picture under tough canopy conditions.

Hello Indrasish
good picture with nice colour and sharpness.
Red border is little disturbing for me.
any way it is a good capture.
best wishes,

Hi indrasish!
An interesting bird, captured well with good sharpness and fine details. I liked the deep red eye color and the greenish BG. For me putting a bit narrower border would be more attractive. Its still good though. TFS
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-08-25 11:30]

Hello Indrasish,
Very nice photo of this GREATER COUCAL, centropus sinensis, in good saturated colours and fine sharpness and details. Attractive pose. The frame is a bit disturbing, IMO, but I don't like frames at all. Impressive eye contact.

Hello Indrasish
Despite the difficult lighting a beautiful photo with very good composition and good sharpness. Interesting bird too.

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