Chandigarh: Rainbow on Wings Makes a Guest Appearance at Sec 18 | Chandigarh News

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CHANDIGARH: The monsoon has not yet arrived in Tricity, but two charming messengers of the rains bring us good news. The Indian pitta or ‘Navrang’, so named for its dazzling array of plumage colors, has been spotted in Sector 18 B, while the African migratory bird, the pied cuckoo, has made an early appearance this year.
Pitta is not easily seen in urban clusters although the bird is heard very often in the foothills of Shivalik. The melodious call of pitta, “wheet-tieu,” repeated at short intervals in a clear double whistle sounds through the dry jungles as the season warms up and heads for the rains. It is also the breeding season of pitta. The typical behavior of pitta is to walk on the ground, turning the leaf litter over to engulf the insects. It is also a shy bird who hates showing off in human presence and prefers to sing among leafy branches. The cry of pitta is easily heard but it seems to reserve a vision of its mosaic of colors for pretty females!
A lone pitta was photographed near the new public school, Sector 18 B by Anuj Jain, a clothing retailer in Sector 17, who spends his leisure hours photographing garden birds. Although Jain managed to get some wonderful photos of common birds such as doves, hornbills and sunbirds during the Covid-19 lockdown, the appearance of pitta on Saturday behind his residence in Sector 18B was as if a surprise guest. had come down to his door. The few other sites where pittas have been recorded in Tricité are in the residences of the cantonment of Chandimandir, the children’s circulation park, the parks of sector 36 near the choe and in some bungalows of sector 24.
The pitta also migrates from parts of central India and Odisha to southern India in September-October and is known as a rain bird like the cuckoo. Pitta depends on a change in wind direction to migrate to South India, but it mainly depends on the onset of the northeast monsoon to migrate to South India and is therefore known to locals as a bird that announces the rains ”Dr S. Balachandran, co-author of the founding volume“ Indian Bird Migration Atlas, ”deputy director of BNHS and leader of the BNHS bird migration study project, told TOI.
On the other hand, the Pied Cuckoo, or Rainbird in popular tradition, reached the Tricity hinterland and the first record of this species came from Ranjit Singh on May 27.
Unlike the silky and varied calls of the Indian golden oriole, the cuckoo indulges in guttural yapping that goes, “piu-piu-pipew-pipew-pipew”. This correspondent observed three cuckoos in the Dulwan Khurd-Goucher belt of the foothills of Shivalik on May 29. The cuckoo, whose migration to Tricity has been followed since 2009, is adept at harnessing the monsoon winds blowing from the Horn of Africa to migrate 1,500-2,000 km to the Indian coast, then it flies further. inland to indulge in brood parasitism. The first cuckoo sighting record for Northwest India since 2009 was set on May 23, 2009 by Shivalik Golf Club (SEPTA) 16th hole writer Chandimandir.
The cuckoo is one of those rare transcontinental migrants to Tricity in summer, unlike the abundance of long-distance migratory birds that flock to enjoy a winter stay in the wetlands. The cuckoo flies from East Africa to “steal” the nests of the Turdoid chatterboxes in India.


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