இதல், காடை – Quail

இதல் – காடை  –  Quail  (see also சிவல்).  சிவல் is கவுதாரி (partridge).  These two birds are very closely related.

This bird has red claws that look like thalavam flowers – wild jasmine (Akam 23), red claws like வெட்சி flowers – scarlet ixora flowers (Akam 133), the female has sapphire-like blue eyes, and tiny dots on the neck and the male has stripes on his back (Akam 387).  The mountain folks ate this bird (Puram 319, 320)

This could be a Painted Bush Quail – Perdicula erythrorhyncha . According to Dr. Salim Ali’s book ‘The Book of Indian Birds’, this is the only quail with red beak and red legs, and the habitat includes Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

 
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To see the poems, please go to my site http://www.learnsangamtamil.com – Vaidehi Herbert

Anthologies

Akanānūru – 23, 133, 387

Puranānūru – 319, 320

 

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