Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cuckoo of the genus Eudynamys, as the Indian koel, E. orientalis. Also koϊl, kuil.
- n. A bird of the genus Eudynamys, cuckoos from Asia, Australia and the Pacific
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of cuckoos of the genus Eudynamys, found in India, the East Indies, and Australia. They deposit their eggs in the nests of other birds.
“The incubation period of the egg of the koel is shorter than that of the crow, the consequence is that when, as usually happens, there is one of the former and several of the latter in a nest, the young koel is invariably the first to emerge.”
“Among those birds of North Queensland jungles which have marked individualistic characters is that known as the koel cuckoo, which the blacks of some localities have named”
“At first the call of the koel is a squeak, but later it takes the form of a creditable, if ludicrous, attempt at a caw.”
“Among those birds of North Queensland jungles which have marked individualistic characters is that known as the koel cuckoo, which the blacks of some localities have named "calloo-calloo" -- a mimetic term imitative of the most frequent notes of the bird.”
“When the summer rain comes, so does the distinctive call of the koel, or rainbird.”
“Now, at Almora alone of the hill stations does _Corvus splendens_, the Indian house-crow, occur, and this is the usual victim of the koel.”
“I have not only heard the koel calling there, but have seen a young koel being fed by crows.”
“The koel (_Eudynamis honorata_) occurs on the Nilgiris and has been shot at Ootacamund.”
“This is a near relative of the Indian koel, which bears remarkable resemblance to an American hawk”
“Instead of the crescendo shriek of the koel, the pleasing double note of the European cuckoo meets the ear.”
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