Koel came calling:  A few days back a male Koel came to our garden and perched on the almost leafless acacia nilotica tree. This tree is already the roost of a number of house sparrows.  Plac: Gwalior. MP.


Nice pictures. The tree seems Parkinsonia aculeata from the hooked prickles.


May be any of Acacia species,,, but doesnt look like Pakinsonia….


The tree does not look like  Acacia nilotica . Is it a deciduous tree?  Onset of foliage and flowers will reveal its identity.


I have never seen a male Koel..not that I would recognize one…  now what I want know is… what does a male koel sound like… is it the same KU hu…ku hu… as the female koel?


Female Koel does not sing. The kuhu kuhu you here is male koel only.
What yu might have seen till now might be all males which look much simolar to crow but are much slender and tail feathers are longer. They have red eyes.
Female is difficult to spot. It is with barred feathers, brown or muddy color and white.
sorry flower lovers for the interaction explained here. But it is needed to know that the plants help in chemophlaging the animals.


that is the red eye in … pictures, so he got the precise colors, wow…. nice …
AND ever since I was a child, I used to make a mean kuhu sound that would fool even the most Koel’s in the victoria memorial gardens, and they would respond… now in my old age…  so I have been mimicking the male koels all my life….  ho ho…
come to think of it I have seen these skinny crows with red eyes in leaf bereft limbs of Shalmali twigs when they first start blooming, just when there are only a few of the red flowers…. as the floers increase so do the other birds…
so that means I have seen them, just not recognized them, now I will….
PS: is it possible to buy the bird song cds? where, how?

A very interesting discussion.
The german, or say the european Koel, called Kukuck in German, does not sing kuhu but he sings Kuk Kuck. There is a very popular song /”Kukkuck, Kukkuck rufts aus dem Wald”/.  See here the notation.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/3/3c/Kuckuck.jpg
It is popular not only among children, but also german church choirs have this song in their repertoire.
I was curious to know, how the european music notation is written down on 5 (and more) lines. I attended some music lessons in Bremen university, to get preliminary knowledge of western music. The Kukkuck song was for me a “eselsbr�cke” = helping trick for remembering minor third.
Anyway while reading these mails I got curious to know why the koel sings kuhu while kukuck sings kukkuck. I searched a bit and found that kuckuck (/Cuculus canorus/) is different from Asian Koel (/Eudynamys
scolopaceus/).
The distribution of Asian Koel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KoelMap.svg and that of kukuck
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2b/Distribution_of_Cu…
make me think that in southern part of china both birds must be present. Very interesting.

I searched on the internet. the flower of Parkinsonia aculeata is very different from the flowers I have seen seen on this babool. The link to flowers is:
https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&tab=wm#search/acacia+nilotica/12a…
So the problem remains. am I right in my identification of the tree? Even .. thinks otherwise.


 

 

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Acacia sp for id from Maihar forest area MP. Growing wildly shot on 26-1-12
flowers not there, fruits 8-10 cm


The bark of the tree resembles A.polyacantha. There are 4 sub species, I think.


 
 

 

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Fabaceae-M​imosoideae (Mimosacea​e) Week Acacia sp for id request from Coimbatore:

Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. request.
Date: 03.01.2012
Location: NBNP, Anaikatti, Coimbatore
Habitat: Wild
Habit: Woody climber.
The tender leaves a edible. (used by local tribal).


Acacia sp., may be A. torta.


020112 BRS294: 

Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. request.
Location: NBNP, Anaikatti, Coimbatore
Date: 08.12.2011
Habitat: Wild
Habit: Woody climber.


Acacia species.


 

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Fabaceae-M​​imosoidea​e (Mimosacea​​e) Week Acacia ferruginea from Coimbatore:

Sharing the images of Acacia ferruginea from Anaikatti, Coimbatore.
Again flower images is not documented.


The pictures you posted here are not A. ferruginea I think. Please recheck.


Please see the photographs of A.ferruginea species (banni mara in kannada) sent by me earlier (last month) for comparison..


 

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Acacia for ID : Mumbai : 281111 : AK-1: Pictures taken at Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai on the 18th of Nov,11.

A potted plant, about 4 feet in height.
No flowers or pods seen when picture was taken.
Seems to be some Acacia species.


Ya looks like Acacia sps,, but i have never came across Acacia species in Victoria garden, except Acacia auriculiformis,, can you pls write the exact location, so that i can have a look whenever i visit VG.


This is taken at the Plant Nursery, just outside the green house where there are some potted plants.
When you are facing the green house, this plant is towards the left side, parallel to the green house.
Name given by the staff was Babool, but the spikes/thorns seem different.


 

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efloraindia: 091211 BRS 255:

Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. request.
location: Anaikatti, Coimbatore
Date: 08.12.2011
Habitat: Wild
Habit: Woody climber?


This is Acacia species.


 

 

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Acacia for ID : Nasik : 100712 : AK-3: Seen growing wild in Nasik, Maharashtra on 3/4/12.

Acacia nilotica?
Kindly confirm id.


This looks to be Acacia nilotica subspecies indica (Babool) 


Please check the characters for Acacia farnesiana also. It produces sweet smelling fragrant flowers


Thanks for a possible id.
Infact, this was also seen by me growing very close to the one above.
I will post it soon.


Appears more like Acacia nilotica ssp. indica to me…


The tree should have a few old fruits. That will help conclusively.


There were no pods on the tree…I was specially looking for them.
Will post my other Acacia which had flowers & pods.


 

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Tree for ID – 180711 – RK: Request Common & Botanical ID of this tree. Pics taken March [ profuse
flowering ] – April 2011 in Los Altos, California.


I think this a species of Acacia. The flowers are not clearly visible. You may post some close up of the flowers/inflorescence. In fact, I have noticed these trees (unable to recollect the details) in and around Mountain view ( near Shoreline Lake & boating pond) and also nearby Stanford university campus. At that time these trees were not in flower.
During summer you can also notice Albizzia julibrisma (?) also in this area.


 

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Acacia (Wattle) for identification 180811MK01:

Please help me to identify this tree. The characteristic feature of this is the green stem (IMG_3572). Height of the tree was about 3-4 metres.
Is this Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsii)? according to the following discussions.,
Date: 25 Jan 2011
Place: Ooty, Nilgiris, TN
Habitat: Garden


Sorry for the mix-up. IMG_3573-75 are not the parts of plant posted.


Please check for the following characters for A.decurrens:
Bark smooth to deeply fissured, brown or dark grey to blackish;
branchlets angled with winged ridges which are decurrent with the petioles, glabrous or sparsely hairy with minute appressed hairs.
If the characters are not compatible, it could be A.mearnsii only.
In Ooty both the species A.mearnsii and A.decurrence are available.
A.mearnsii is cultivated on commercial scale for the preparation of the wattle extract , which is called the tanner’s gold.
Infact, I collected the barks of both the species/ specimen for phytochemical studies and preparation of tannin extracts, long back . Unable to trace out the taxonomical details of the species from my records.
Leaves with petiole 0.7–2.8 cm long, 1 gland at base of or to c. 7 mm below lowest pair of pinnae


 
 
 

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