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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Kingfisher plumage !!

Depending on your taste, you would imagine  - ‘a good lookin model showing pallu in saree advt’ 0r remember this Illayaraja song !!


சிறிய பறவை சிறகை விரிக்க துடிக்கிறதே

சிறகை விரித்து நிலவை உரச நினைக்கிறதே  .. .. …


சோழர் குயில் பாடுகையில்  சோலைக்குயில் ஓய்வெடுக்கும்

மெல்லினங்கள் பாடு கண்ணே, வல்லினங்கள் வாய் வலிக்கும்


It is the  “Kingfisher”, any of about 90 species of birds in three families (Alcedinidae, Halcyonidae, and Cerylidae), noted for their spectacular dives into water. They are worldwide in distribution but are chiefly tropical. Kingfishers, ranging in length from 10 to 42 cm (4 to 16.5 inches), have a large head, a long and massive bill, and a compact body.

Physical appearance is the main way most birders identify different bird species, and understanding the differences between bird plumages is critical for proper identification. Plumage maturation in many birds  is an important clue to temporal patterns in their complex social system.   Plumage,  is the collective feathered covering of a bird. It provides protection, insulation, and adornment and also helps streamline and soften body contours, reducing friction in air and water. 

Of the many, Breeding plumage,  is the most brilliant, colorful plumage for many bird species, and it is displayed during the courtship season when birds are trying to attract mates. It is most often the males that develop bold breeding plumage, and these feathers may involve extraordinary colors or unusual shapes such as long streamers. 

The song at the start is from ‘Andha Oru Nimidam’  ( That One Minute) Kamal Hassan and Urvashi starrer released in 1985 with the background of Illayaraja.   It was  directed and written by Major Sundarrajan.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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