House Crow Feeding Asian Koel chick
House Crow Feeding Asian Koel chick

People living in places having ample green cover are certain to get up in the early mornings of summers with the catchy sound of Kuoo…kuoo…kuoo… it is the male Koel, which attracts us with sweet tunes…But how many of us could recognise a Koel ? How does it look like ? Is there any difference between male and female ? These are the common questions people do have in their mind when we talk about Koel.

Most of us would say that Koel is black. Partly they are right as male bird is always black similar to Crow. It looks slimmer compared to Crow and it has a longer tail, Yellow bill and Ruby eyes. The female Koel is similar in built, but it is dark Brown in color with spots, while the tail is barred with White.

House Crow Feeding Asian Koel chick
House crow feeding Asian Koel chick

Female Koel is less seen and heard and it is difficult to spot a female well because of its complexion that completely merges with the foliage. However, during the breeding season (summer) it may be seen moving from one tree to another chased by a male Koel.

It is also a fact that apart from brain-fever (Common Hawk Cuckoo) and Pied Crested Cuckoo (birds of Cuckoo family), Asian Koel also do not weave/make nests, but place their eggs in the nests of Crow. Crow brings up the chicks after hatching as if they are of his own. This has been happening for generations and would continue as such.

At this time of the year (September and October), one may hear the sound of the Koel chick (similar to that of crow) asking for food from the parents in most of the parks. One such incident was recorded some time back which I am sharing with you all.

The images are from Delhi taken on 5th October 2016.

About Vinod Goel

He joined Customs & Central Excise service in 1982. As a civil servant, his job takes him to various parts of India, which gave him an opportunity to capture our wild heritage, through his camera. His passion for wildlife photography started in 2004 when he was posted at Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and this passion continues till today.