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Copyright: Navnith Krishnan (navnith) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 0 N: 158] (1331)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, NIKKOR AF 300 mm f/1:4ED
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-04 9:18
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I found this bird deep inside Periyar Tiger reserve(Western Ghats),Kerala India feeding on Dhman tree(Grivia telefolia?) berries.It was the size of a crow pheasant(Coucal) but larger than Brain fever Bird.It was black in colour but had ornamental white spots on the sides as well as on the tip of the tail.I could not find any help from books on Indian birds .

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2013-08-04 13:09]

Looks like a young male Asian Koel http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Image:25320Asian_Koel-Female_Imm_.jpg
the feathers with white tips are juvenile, the all black ones first adult male plumage

I dont think it is Male Asian Koel. For Asian Koel, its eyes are reddish in color. Here it is not reddish. It is some other species. I am not expert in this field. Let me search...tfs.

I am inclined to agree with Tom on the ID. At first glance, I thought "Koel" but the eye and bill colour are not correct for the adult male, and the white spots are puzzling at first glance. However, the eye and bill colour are dark in younger birds, and the white spots seem too represent a sub-adult plumage. If you search online for images of Asian Koel you will find a few where these white spots are visible.
Regards, Nigel.

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