24.6.11

A Touching Scene with Baby Koels

I have much to share but very little time so I'll keep this short.


The above is a female Asian Koel looking out for figs.
I had posted on the male Asian Koel earlier.
So far, I have yet to see them feeding their babies.


Baby Koels are seen perching on a Chempaka Tree (Michelia champaka).
As you can see, they are pecking the tree bark, possibly consuming little critters found on the tree.


For your information, the white flower of this tree offers an exotic scent during the night and early morning.


These baby Koels, a male and a female, deserve a special mention.


This male fledgling could have consumed the figs directly from the fig tree but instead he picked one with its beak and flew towards its waiting and calling sister.


The male fledgling actually fed the sister several times.
I find this action very strange and touching too.
Since the mother lays its eggs on others' nest, I suppose the fledglings could have gotten evicted before they are ready to fend for themselves.
Isn't it nice to have a big brother like this one?
He is but a fledgling himself.


19 Dec 2011 Update


The Asian Koels have red eyes and so do the Asian Glossy Starlings.
However the beak of the Asian Glossy Starlings are black but the Asian Koel's beak is much lighter.
These small birds that looked like the juvenile of the Asian Koels are actually Asian Glossy Starlings.
The black Asian Glossy Starling was feeding a juvenile Asian Glossy Starling in the second last photo.
To date they have remained small and definitely do not look like they are growing into the size of an Asian Koel.


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32 comments:

  1. Lovely story. That is such a strange looking flower coming straight off the branch.

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  2. This is really an interesting action on the part of the fledgling. I bet it is really and odd happening in nature too.

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  3. Aren't birds an interesting study? And they make good photographic subjects too. Good story and great pictures.

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  4. a very interesting post. parasite or not, its a heart-warming unselfish act the brother bird did to his younger sister.

    champaca flower has a very sweet scent. our champaca trees are just a few feet tall but they produce plenty of sweet smelling blooms.

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  5. Great post must have been very patient with your camera to wait for such touching moment. tQ.

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  6. Now I know how noisy they are in such a huge quantity.

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  7. I always see these Koels on my daily morning walks with my schnauzer, just that I didnt know they are called Koels. Do you know they have a very sweet voice? Can really sing their hearts out. Thank you for the lovely story and shots!! BTW, where do you go to find out the specie of brids, trees and flowers? I actually learn a lot from your blogsite.. :-D

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  8. Wow, an interesting post! I prefer the color of the female than the male. How sweet it is for the brother to share his food finds to his sister! This bird could be more human than societies which until now treat the females as 2nd class. But are you sure the female is not handicapped to merit the brother's attention? LOL.

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  9. Oh my gosh, these bird photo shares are stupendous. I especially like the very first one how you framed it in amongst the greenery. Lovely, all of them!!!

    My post for today: Fact or Fiction...you decide.

    Thanks for the visit Wednesday...your comments are always treasured!

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  10. I love bird pictures, mainly because I try so hard to take good ones, but rarely do. Very touching indeed to see animals sharing. :)

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  11. That is very interesting that the brother fed the sister. I have never seen that before. It is nice to know they help each other. Thanks for sharing...

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  12. Love the photos and story. How wonderful.
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  13. Oh I see like you mentioned earlier...you did have a nice time with your husband taking photos this weekend. Nice shots. Did you wear green?

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  14. A lovely story ... it's amazing how the bird can hold a fig in its beak like that.

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  15. Sweet encounter... we don't quite understand bird's language, but I am sure the little sister had said this "Thank you brother, you are my hero!"

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  16. There are many things we can learn from the birds. I love the fragrance of the Chempaka.

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  17. LOVED your pictures! Beautiful birds and what a wonderful relationship between siblings. The Champaka is another one of my favourites and I have a small tree.

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  18. Great pictures, and a great story! I would like to link your post to mine when I write about the koel.

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  19. Wow - such a pretty bird!

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  20. That is so amazing that the brother feeds the sister!

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  21. Interesting post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  22. Wow they are pretty bird and looks like they really like this champaka tree. ^_^

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  23. Beautiful birds and photos, interesting post!

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  24. That is really amazing!! I've never heard of bird siblings looking out for each other!! I love it!! :o)

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  25. What a beautiful story, one. Very touching.

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  26. Interesting story! As Milka said, it's very touching too!

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  27. Beautiful story. Whenever koels are around, you know it - they sound loud and clear!

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  28. It is good to be back at last catching up with your blogging activities, we have the figs but not the bird, interesting post.

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  29. That is incredibly cool. I've been out of the country for awhile so I'm finally catching up on posts. I've never seen that kind of bird before....really beautiful. What a good brother!!! Chris Las Aventuras

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