Male Rainbird, aka Eastern Koel, in my front yard early this morning; letting the neighbourhood know it's going to rain soon.
Koels arrive in northern Australia from New Guinea and eastern Indonesia in September, as the humidity rises just before the start of our wet season. Their strident, clear, ascending calls often precede rain and are frequently heard, though the birds themselves are usually high in trees and hidden by foliage. They breed here and, like other cuckoos, lay eggs in the nests of other birds. The newly hatched chick turfs out the other nestlings and constantly begs for food, keeping its smaller foster parents very busy. They return north in April as the wet season winds down.
Great capture, Pippan! I think this is also one of the few birds where the female is actually much more interesting looking