The Greater Coucal or Crow Pheasant ( Centropus sinensis ) is a fairly large  bird you see across the Indian Subcontinent.

If you follow the calls of birds you will be able to spot them as well. The Crow Pheasant has  a distinctive booming call.

It has extremely interesting names in the  vernacular  languages. With the names are interwoven myths and folklore.

Called Bharadwaj in Marathi , this member of the Cuckoo family,  is supposed to herald good fortunate. Thus considered a GOOD OMEN.

For me personally  flora and fauna is a   GOOD OMEN.

Is it a Crow?
                                                             Is it a Crow?

Am telling these myths for fun and joy. Please, for heaven’s sake do not take them seriously.

There is another myth about the Coucal ( being a doctor of sorts),  it cures all ailments

The Kid chooses the blossoms of a tree
                                        The Kid chooses the blossoms of a tree

Called Kamadi kukkar in Punjabi, it is linked to the Chicken ( Kukkar in Punjabi) .

The Coucal is also believed to cure all ailments related to the Lungs including asthama.

Juvenile Coucal
                                                           Juvenile Coucal

The pictures above were taken in the gorgeous ANANTA SPA & RESORTS in magical  Udaipur.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

20 thoughts on “A GOOD OMEN”

      1. NO sir,…. My village Goplapur is in distt Gorakhpur…. and Whole Varanasi is Ancient…. One year ago, archeologists did the search operation in the nearby playground and found some Shivling and Pillars, of Gupta Dynasty period…. so you can imagine the Beauty of this City….


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