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The male is jet black with ruby eyes. The female is speckled and a light brown. She is also more wary than the male. Slender shape.
I sometimes put out over-ripe bananas for the birds and always provide fresh water. I get lots of birds of different kinds. Yesterday the male Koel came alone. It was a first. Today Madam Koel came along. My roof top terrace.It was a joy to see the male feed the female. Actually the female was hiding behind one of the water bowls. The male took a large bit of banana and flew away. For a split second I thought..."for the chicks..." and then I remembered these birds are brood parasites and build no nests. I was sitting on the stairs to the terrace and craned my neck to see who it was feeding and Lo and behold it was the female. It took her a while to summon up courage to actually come and feed on the bananas...but she did.These used to be very shy birds when I was a child, now I even see them sitting on electric wires in the open.
If I put out the bananas at night civet cats get them..peels and all but I never get any moths.