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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Birds combo : குயில் பாட்டு ஓ வந்ததென்ன

Combo means a bunch or a collection.  In restaurants,  a combo meal  consists of beverage and food combined. In some garment shops they would offer a pant bit and shirt bit  .. .. this is unusual combo – Parrots and Cuckoo !!


இசைஞானி இளையராஜா இன்னிசையில் பட்டி தொட்டியெல்லாம் ஒலித்த பிரபலமான பாடல் - என் ராசாவின் மனசிலே என்ற படத்தில் இருந்து ! 

The Cuckoo is a dove-sized bird with a blue-grey back, head and chest, and stripey black and white belly. Its sleek body, long tail and pointed wings gives it an appearance not unlike Kestrels or Sparrowhawks. Cuckoos are summer visitors and known for being brood parasites. This means that, instead of building their own nest, the females lay their eggs in other birds’ nests, especially Meadow Pipits, Dunnocks and Reed Warblers. 

குயில் பறவை தன் முட்டைகளை மற்ற பறவைகளின் கூட்டில் இடும், காக்கை போன்ற பறவை அதை அறியாமல் அடை காக்கவும் என சிறு வயதில் படித்துள்ளோம். 

Mayandi was a brave and strong man who was respected by the villagers. He loves his  cousin Solaiyamma and wishes to marry her.   Though they have an arrangd marriage, Solaiyamma is afraid of him  and ..  En Rasavin Manasile released in 1991    directed by Kasthuri Raja in his directorial debut starred Rajkiran (who also produced) and Meena.   The film had a silver jubilee run and gave a break to Rajkiran and Meena. The film was later remade in Telugu as Moratodu Naa Mogudu (1992) with Meena reprising her role, and in Sinhala as Ayadimi Sama (1999). 

Cuckoos might be the ultimate avian con artists, laying lookalike eggs in the nests of other birds to avoid raising their own young, but researchers say at least one potential victim is remarkably good at rumbling the fraud.   Scientists studying the African cuckoo have revealed that while the birds are able to produce almost identical-looking eggs to those of the fork-tailed drongo, the latter is likely to reject an impostor egg about 94% of the time. 

The team behind the work say that is because drongo eggs can vary greatly in appearance, ranging from unmarked to speckled, blotched, or reddish eggs. While cuckoos can produce an almost identical-looking collection, for both species individual females can only produce eggs with one type of appearance. Crucially, female cuckoos do not target drongo nests containing similar-looking eggs to their own. 

A cuckoo might drop a perfectly drongo-looking blotched egg into a clutch of speckled drongo eggs.  Even though there is near-perfect mimicry, because there is so much variability in [egg appearance], drongos seem to have the upper hand,  and would reject those eggs which are not theirs !!  

குயில் பாட்டு ஓ வந்ததென்ன இளமானே ....

அதை கேட்டு ஓ செல்வதெங்கே மனம்தானே ....

இன்று வந்த இன்பம் என்னவோ

அது கண்டு கண்டு அன்பு பொங்கவோ

Interesting !
With regards – S Sampathkumar

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