Asian Koel, the Puducherry bird, is now breeding in Delhi

This 12 months, with the silence on the roads and an prolonged spring, the distinctive tune of the Asian Koel – ko-ELko-ELko-EL – has been higher heard. Celebrated by historical past by poets and in addition captured for caging, this state chicken of Puducherry, is now breeding throughout Delhi-NCR and is resident to South and South-East Asia.

Its scientific identify Eudynamys scolopaceus signifies high-quality energy, the place the genus is derived from the Greek phrases eu that means high-quality, dunamis that means energy and species scolopacea that means long-billed.

The male Asian_Koel
Pic credit score: Wikimedia Commons/ Ok. Hari Krishnan

Sexual dimorphism is evident, the place males are a shiny black with a greenish sheen to their our bodies and females are brown with white dots on their wings and heavy streaking on their head and throat. Both sexes have robust lengthy greenish payments (beak) and charming ruby-red eyes. In the chicken world, the males are typically extra nice wanting than the females, contemplating they woo females. Personally, I want the manner the feminine of this species seems to be.

Asian Koels, like crows, are omnivores, feeding on fruits, bugs, lizards and eggs of birds and different animals however as adults, they largely depend upon fruits (frugivores) of fig bushes and sure different bushes that they could defend voraciously. Considering its opportunistic omnivore eating regimen, it thrives in assorted habitats, together with the degraded city setup the place fruiting bushes are in abundance.

The legend of this chicken dates again to the Vedas in 2000 BC, the place it is known as the Anya-Vapa, actually translating to ‘that which was raised by others’, the earliest point out of its behaviour of brood parasitism. Females lay eggs in nests of similar-sized birds (host) like crows, mynas, jungle babblers and in instances of desperation, in nests of significantly smaller birds like the Common Tailorbird, Ashy Prinia. The males distract the host dad and mom for the females to perform this process. Sometimes, a small Tailorbird will feed and take care of a big child Asian Koel, although we’re undecided why different chicken dad and mom are usually not in a position to establish the different-looking chicken or why they stick with it despite the fact that they know they don’t seem to be certainly one of their very own.

When I began birdwatching, again in 2012, I believed that the species in some way disappears in winters and magically seems as quickly as spring arrives. In truth, the chicken’s nature of hiding in dense foliage and never calling when not breeding, makes it troublesome to identify even for the keenest of birdwatching eyes.

The author is the founding father of NINOX – Owl About Nature, a nature-awareness initiative. He is the Delhi-NCR reviewer for Ebird, a Cornell University initiative, monitoring uncommon sightings of birds. He previously led a programme of WWF India.


World Bee Day

May 20 was World Bee Day, a day to rejoice the invaluable contribution of the most necessary pollinators in the world. What can we do for them?

1. Avoid utilizing chemical pesticides and pesticides which act as poison for useful bugs like bees and butterflies.

2. Leave wild patches in our gardens to draw them.

3. Plant bee-friendly flowers like Coatbuttons and flowering herbs like oregano.

4. Put out water for them to drink, in shallow containers with pebbles or lillies (these assist minimise the depth of the container and the leaves and stones might act as a perch).

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