Summer Crow

In the countryside which we visited during our summer vacations it was believed that if one has sighted the Greater Coucal one can be sure that summer is at hand. Reason, the bird which belongs to the cuckoo species is also called the summer bird.

I saw a crow pheasant, its other common name; sunbathe on the top of a tree with its wings spread out. Soon it swopped on the ground and hopping picked up worms.  Soon another one appeared and called up—repeating a booming low coop-coop-coop with variations.

In southern parts of India, says my wife, that one is considered lucky if s/he has sighted a pheasant crow.

That was enough to give me an idea: I have bought an Rs 1 cr. lottery ticket.

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