There’s a really annoying bird near my house that calls all day and night. I’ve been hearing it for years, but have only recently seen the culprit. It’s a Common Koel, a member of the cuckoo family, and it has a call that makes you want to throttle the bloody thing. Sure, it sounds cute when you hear it the first time, but the novelty wears pretty thin when you hear it all through the night for months on end.
When seen, the male Common Koel is easily identified by its entirely glossy black plumage, tinged with blue and green, and striking red eye. The female has glossed brown upperparts, heavily spotted with white, and a black crown. The underparts are generally buff-cream with numerous fine black bars. Young birds resemble the adult female, but have considerably more buff and a dark eye. The Common Koel is 39 to 46 cm in length, and is a member of the cuckoo family. Adults are rather shy and they are heard much more than seen. The male Common Koel advertises its presence by a loud ascending whistlecoo-eeorko-el, monotonously repeated; the call of the female is a repetitivewook-wook-wook. Males often call throughout the day and well into the night.
No shit. Little bastards.
I’ve probably seen the females before and mistaken them for Wattle Birds — which make far better neighbours.
Recommendations from fellow sleep deprived Common Koel haters
- birdbegone recommends a bird of prey shaped windsock or kite
- gautch recommends hanging up old CDs
- TIRED AUSSIE recommends an automatic citrus spray
- Chook recommends hanging several aluminium foil mobiles
- Brad recommends playing audio of birds of prey, with the Wedge Tailed Eagle working well
- JEN recommends ear plugs
- TDH had success with playing audio of a Wedge Tailed Eagle call
- daniel recommends a strobe light on a timer
- Floyd had success with playing audio of a Wedge Tailed Eagle call
- Faith had success with playing audio of raptor calls