Monsoon arrival indicated by birds- Even scientists believe so
Meteorological department is now equipped with latest technology machines to determine the state of weather much before we, as general public, get to know. In spite of these hi-tech machines, many people still believe in the signs that are given by birds. The arrival of certain birds and their reactions to th
Meteorological department is now equipped with latest technology machines to determine the state of weather much before we, as general public, get to know. In spite of these hi-tech machines, many people still believe in the signs that are given by birds. The arrival of certain birds and their reactions to the weather phenomenon has been relied upon by people since ages.
It has recently been disclosed that science also believes that there are certain birds whose reactions and activity are a sign that a change in weather is likely to take place. Some of these ‘significant’ birds are as listed below:
Red-wattled Lapwing or the titahari(टिटहरी)
Animals and birds have a special power which makes them understand the changes in nature. It is believed that if titahari lays eggs on a height, it indicates heavy rain. If the eggs are faced downwards, a torrential rain is expected and if the eggs are laid on levelled ground then average rainfall is expected. But if the eggs are laid in a pit, then a draught is likely to happen.
Weaver bird or baya(बया)
This is a small bird that weaves its nest like any weaver would do. Weaver birds live in groups and make beautiful nests using leaves, light twigs and even straws. Farmers believe that a weaver bird builds its nest when it has sensed that a rain shower is likely to happen soon. The moment the nest is completely ready, it certainly rains. Rainy season is the breeding season for weaver bird during which the colour of male bird’s head and neck turns to dark yellow. Even the beak looks black. Bird experts say that the change in weaver bird’s colour is an indication of arrival of rainy season. After sensing the rains, weaver bird starts weaving its nest.
The national bird of India-Peacock- spreads its bright and beautiful feathers in need of a mate during spring and rainy season. Peacock, the King of birds, dances as if intoxicated when the monsoon is about to arrive.
Asian Open billed Stork (घोंघिल)
It is believed that monsoon follows the Asian open billed stork. This bird loves eating snails and inhabits India, Thailand, China, Russia and Vietnam.