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Nuptial gift for your winged wife!!

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West A few days after Christmas 2018, multiple outlets reported that West had gifted his wife a $14 million condo in Miami. The newspapers said.

Vincent Vangog chopped himself, mutilating his ear lobe.

Afterward, he allegedly wrapped up the ear lobe and gave it to a prostitute at a nearby brothel. Or a girl friend?

In the short story, The blue bouquet Octavia Paz introduces a hero or villain who is in pursuit of blue human eyes..so that he may gift his love with a blue bouquet. Do birds have such kind of practices as human beings? Yes..we can see the practice even in the avian world..

Courting a mate, males of some species, such as Banded Kingfishers, bring females a gift such as food. These offerings, known as “nuptial gifts,” can form or strengthen pair bonds by indicating a male’s ability to provide for future offspring.

The hopoe birds have a peculiar courtship ritual that revolves around food. The male presents insects to the female for her to eat — a type of so-called “nuptial gift.” Obviously, the male hoopoe knows the way to a lady’s heart.

A rare bird, the Hoopoe, has been sighted at Manissery Ottappalam.The bird belonging to the race of ceylonensis, is characterised by a crown of feathers and a cry ‘oop, oop’, from which it derives its name. The bird is found busily probing into the ground on short grassy areas of Manissery, Kaniyampuram, Thrikkankode and other local areas of Ottappalam. They are found active around a month on this foraging ground. The bird is spotted from Manissery on 16 th of December afternoon around Three. pm on short-grass grounds’.They’ve been observed scooping up winged insects and beating them against a rough surface to remove wings, legs and other parts that the bird deems unsuitable for eating. It uses this bill to probe into the ground to find food. For this reason, hoopoes tend to feed on short grassy areas and bird watchers sometimes joke about hoopoes having an affinity with vicar’s lawns! The bird was there at Manissery in the afternoon for around twenty days. It was last seen on the fifth of January..when I stealthed towards to have a close-up. It flew away.. It was a special take-off and dash resembling the fluttering of butterfly Hoopoe is one of those birds that aren’t easy to forget, some people refer to it as the butterfly bird because of the broad wings and buoyant, undulating flight.

.Its their habit to remain active for a few weeks in a particular area and then disappearing for long periods.

The bird is a rare sight in Ottappalam. Kerala, says Ramakrishnan, a bird watcher.

“It is a dryland species found outside Kerala, mostly in Tamil Nadu. The sighting in Ottappalam is rare. Two years ago, a Hoopoe was found at Panniyur, Anakkara” he said. The bird is patchily distributed. The bird is spotted in Aralam farm and WLS Wynad. It is also reported fromNelliyampathy, Peechi Vazhani, Parambikkulam. and plains and hillocks of Palakkad and Trichur districts.

It’s funny that the bird was frequently seen in the Ponnani area in winter.Common folk called it ..,””Puthiyapla pakshi”” Puthiyapla means new bride groom.

The the bird is rare in Kerala,breeding pair of common hopoe have been reported from Wynad (1985),Valayar,Mattuppetty in between April and May.Nests seen between February and March WLS Peechi.Vazhani in 2006.Common Hoopoe cannot be considered as a migratory bird though it is a rare phenomenon.

Its large, round wings move like waves, only closing halfway. Migratory populations of hoopoes have the most impressive wings.

The characteristic lengthy, slightly bent beak of the hoopoe allows it to forage through vegetation, dig into the ground to find insects to eat, and quickly feed nestlings mid-flight. They also use their beaks aggressively, in territorial fights and elsewhere — they’ve been observed scooping up winged insects and beating them against a rough surface to remove wings, legs and other parts that the bird deems unsuitable for eating.

Prophet Solomon was a king and the ruler of Syria and Palestine whose armies consisted of troops made of men, Jinn and birds. It is possible that the birds were employed for communicating the messages, hunting, and for other suitable services. migratory or domestic.
They nest and reside in Israel, and migratory populations spend their winters in western India and throughout central and eastern Africa. Some populations of hoopoes have adapted to their specific range, and are considered subspecies. 

They don’t gather twigs and find a nice nook on a tree branch. Rather, they look for holes in tree trunks, cliffs, and (in urban environments) walls. Indeed, a birdhouse is the perfect nest habitat for these birds. Females stay inside the nest until the eggs hatch, and some birds will try to close up the nest as much as possible, leaving an opening for papa bird to bring food. Females and young also have the ability to secrete a stinky odour to ward off predators.  As Induchoodan describes in his book “Birds of Kerala ” .

Hoopoe is the national bird of Israel. Its features include black and white stripes on its wings and tail. Its flight resembles that of a giant butterfly.After a seminar to nominate species and once tens of thousands of votes were counted, the hoopoe was chosen as a national symbol in 2008, winning over the bulbul, warbler and finch. While the bee-eater (pictured above) might be more colorful, we have to admit the hoopoe has a lot going for him.

In the Quran (27:20) we read that Prophet Solomon reviewed his birds and found the hoopoe (hud-hud) missing. His most mobile arm was the birds, which were light on the wing and flew and saw everything like efficient scouts.

Prophet Solomon expressed his anger and his desire to punish the hoopoe severely if it did not present itself before him with a reasonable excuse. Within a short while the hoopoe returned saying,

Prophet Solomon said, “ We shall just nowThe bird known as the hoopoe (Lat. upupa epops, Ar. hudhud) has been a common motif in the literature and folklore of eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures, from ancient to modern times. As a solar symbol, it was often associated with kingship, filial piety, and wisdom, and its body was believed to possess potent magical and medicinal properties.

. The plumage of the hoopoe is quite beautiful with a buff coloured upper body and black and white wings but probably the most striking feature is the crest, which can be raised into a half circle above its head when aroused.

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There is always something left behind…a twig, fragments of a bangle, a seed, a blossom on the hedges enrolled in the red list.

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