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Birds are an integral part of Bengal's flora and fauna. The greenery of Bengal gets its music from the cooing of its birds. Bengal's literary masterpieces are in many ways indebted to these creatures. Many of these birds are Bengal's own but some are migratory or Bengal's visitors. Not forgetting Bengal's culture to imbibe the visitors in the family members here are references of a few birds.

 
 


Common Crow (Kak)

13 inches in length, Indian House Crow is the common variety of crow in Bengal. The common crow caws in an irritating sound. It is a scavenger bird. It lays 4-5 eggs at a time. They are social being and any harm to the fellow members creates a sensation. They collectively cry for a few days in the location. But these birds proved to be less intelligent than the cuckoo. In the breeding

Common Crow (Kak)
 
 

period the lazy cuckoo lays eggs in the nests of the crow by destroying the same number of crow's eggs. The young ones are even fed by the crow till they fail to caw.

 
 

Cuckoo (Kokil)
Male cuckoo is bluish black in colour. Having a strong and thick beak, which is greenish in colour. The inside area of eye and mouth is reddish. Female cuckoo is gray in colour. Its feather is a combination of gray and brown having dots on them. Whereas its feathers and tail is striped. Females are longer than

 
 

the males. Male cuckoo is famous for its voice. Female cuckoo has a harsh voice.Cuckoo is an unsocial bird and lives alone in shrubs. Its voice can be heard in spring their mating season and faintly till monsoon. Cuckoo lays its eggs in thenest of crow. They live on banyan and bakul (a flowering plant) fruit. They also have papaya, fruits of asathya (a tree of banyan variety), banana, telakucha etc.

Cuckoo (Kokil)
 
 

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