South India’s country sides are filled with birds. A perfect sunrise or sunset in the villages or farms are accompanied by many different sounds of birds. From the shrill calls of the peacock to the owl hoots, birds are an integral part of this eco-system.
We live in the wide open country-side, near Pollachi in Tamil Nadu. Here are a few of our winged neighbors that I could capture through camera lens.
Pretty peacocks (Mayil in Tamil) come in plenty…
Evenings are show time with pretty feathers and bold ventures….
Cattle egrets are common birds. They are constant companions for grazing cows. We often see them in large numbers, flying behind tractors, and resting on cows. They are known as unni kokku in Tamil as they feed on the unni (ticks) on cattle.
Sun birds are regular visitors, feeding on hibiscus flowers. Male birds have shiny black feathers, while females are white and brown colours. The Tamil name is thenchittu as they feed on honey (then).
The greater coucal is a type of cuckoo.. this bird is common in the both cities and villages. Their calls are deep throated and loud echoing “coo coo” sounds. The common Tamil name is shenbagam or senboothu.