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Monday, 6 February 2012

Birds and Plants in Sastras

Birds and Plants in Sastras
Birds
Chakora Alectoris graeca, a Himalayan partridge, the lover of the moon, said to feed on the rays of the moon.
Chakravaka, ruddy goose/brahmani duck (Anas casarca / Casarca ferruginea), also called chakava (surkhab). Legend relates that pairs of these birds are souls of two sinning lovers, who are said to sleep apart at night, and call endlessly to one another, "Chakava, may I come to you?" "No, Chakavi".
Chataka Cuculus melanoleucas, a type of swallow said to drink only drops of rain as they fall from the clouds.
Hamsa Phoenicopterus ruber, the flamingo, and also the goose, Acer indicus.
Khanjana Motacilla maderaspatensis, the wagtail, symbol of restlessness, and also of the eyes of the beloved.
Koel Eudynamis scolopaceus, a dark bird commonly found in mango gardens during the large trees' flowering and fruiting times. Its cry is kuhu, kuhu, kuhu, rising in pitch with each successive call, and its panchama-note is the dominant of nature's chorus.
Koonja Anthropoides virgo, the demoiselle crane.
Krauncha Numenius arquata, the curlew.
Nilakantha Coracias benghalensis, roller or blue jay, sacred to Sri Visnu.
Papiha Hierococcyx varius, the hawk-cuckoo or the brain-fever bird. Its cry "Pi kahan" sounds like "Where is my love?"
Parrot Psittacula eupatria, a pet bird said to overhear conversations of lovers and to repeat them in awkward circumstances.
Peacock Pavo cristatus, the male is said to be lover of the clouds and delights in rain.
Plava, a kind of aquatic bird, possibly heron, cormoran or pelican.
Saras Antigone antigone, a slate colored crane, said to pair for life and hence a symbol of devoted love.

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