The Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. It is found in the Indian Subcontinent, China, and
Southeast Asia. It forms a super-species with the closely related Black-billed and Pacific Koels which are sometimes treated as subspecies. The Asian Koel is a brood parasite that lays its eggs in the nests of crows and other hosts, who raise its young. They are unusual among the cuckoos in being largely frugivorous as adults. The name Koel is echoic in origin with several language variants. The bird is a widely used symbol in Indian poetry.
The Asian Koel is a bird of light woodland and cultivation. It is a mainly resident breeder in tropical southern Asia.