New baby on the Bluff

Kolin and Karen Koel have become ‘parents’.

Being brood parasites they have left Red Wattlebird foster parents to raise their chick.

A single egg is laid in a host birdsnest. Upon hatching, the Eastern Koel chick forces hosts’ eggs and hatchlings out.

It becomes a full time job for the much smaller foster parents to find food for this demanding youngster.

Eastern Koel Eudynamys orientalis

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