Western Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)

Female Western Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) in Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala, India. February 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

Female Western Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) in Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala, India. February 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

Above is a picture of a female Western Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) I spotted right at one of the entrances of the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, in the morning of my first day there. A very stunning bird we watched feeding on berries. The female has a very different and way more colorful plumage than the male. Member of the cuckoo family, the Western Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) is a brood parasite, which means the female lays its eggs in an other bird species nest so its youngs are raised by them.

Love Nature.
Jonathan