India is a land of diversity and is very close to nature. My husband starts his day by offering water to the Sun. The next thing that he
does is put water and some grains in different bowls for birds. My mother likes to roll a ‘roti’ (Indian bread) separately for the birds and wild cats. It is a beautiful and a satisfying sight to see those little sparrows come and take the grains.
Birds have played an important role in the history and mythology of this region. In the ancient times, pigeons have been used to send letters. Different birds are considered to be vehicles of different gods and goddesses. For example, Laxmi Maa, the goddess of wealth, is always seen riding an owl. Saraswati Maa, the goddess of knowledge, rides a swan. Garuda, a mythological bird, is considered the king of birds and is revered for his strength and knowledge.
Hindi Words for Birds
Hindi in its different forms is the common language running through the region. In this article, we look at some of the common birds found in India and their common names.The name of the bird in Hindi is in italics and how it would be written in Hindi is in parentheses. The names of animals in Hindi can be read at: Hindi Language – Learning Names of Animals. A list containing the names for download is also available at Learning Names of Birds in Hindi.
The Hindi word for:
- Bird: _Pakshi (_पक्षी)
- Rooster: Murga (मुर्गा)
- Crane: Saras ( सारास_)_
- Crow: Kauwa ( कौवा_)_
- Cuckoo: Koel (कोयल)
- Dove: Phakta ( फाख्ता)
- Duck: Batak ( बत्ख)
- Eagle: Garud (चील)
- Flamingo: _Raj Haans (_राज हंस)
- Hawk: Baaz (बाज़)
- Hen: Murgi (मुर्गी)
- Hoopee: Hudhud (हुदहुद)
- Kingfisher: Ram Chirya (राम चिरैया)
- Kite: Cheel (चील)
- Mynah: Maina (मैना)
- Nightingale: Bulbul ( बुल्बुल)
- Ostrich: Shutar Murg (शुतरमुर्ग)
- Owl: Ullu (उल्लु)
- Parrot: Tota ( तोता)
- Partridge : Teetar (तीतर)
- Peacock: Mor (मोर)
- Pigeon: Kabootar (कबूतर)
- Quail: Bater (बटेर)
- Skylark: Chakta (चकता)
- Sparrow: Goreya (गौरेय)
- Swan: Haans (हंस)
- Weaver Bird: Baya ( बया)
- Spoon Bill: Dabil (दाबिल)
- Stork: Bagula (बगुला)
- Wag Tail: Khanjan (खंजन)
- Woodpecker: Katpohdwa (कठफोडवा)
Visit a Bird Sanctuary
The climate and the terrain vary in the land of diversity—India. These factors further control the flora and fauna of the region. This has further been influenced by rapid industrialization happening in the cities and villages of India. People living in the heart of the city can often be heard mentioning that they have not seen a particular bird for ages. The population of birds has suffered due to deforestation for the sake of urbanization. The government of India is taking ample steps to preserve their natural life.
There are many bird sanctuaries which are worth a watch. Bharatpur Bird Sanctury, also known as Keoladeo National Park, is a UNESCO designated world heritage site. It is a favorite destination for migratory birds from Siberia. Kumarakom, Sultanpur, Thattekad, Kaundinya, Manjira, Neelapattu, Nalsarovar, and Porbandar are some more bird sanctuaries in India.
Some additional information:
- World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5th.
- The peacock is the national bird of India.
- Village Boparai Kalan (near Nakodar) in Punjab is one such place where the colorful peacock and man can be seen at complete ease with each other. The village is dedicated towards conserving the bird.
- Lord Krishna is always shown with a peacock feather in his crown.
- Lata Mangeshkar, a renowned singer, is known as the ‘Nightingale of India’ for her melodious voice.
I was born in a city which is very close to nature. I moved on to an industrial city which is not close to nature. But, I am lucky to have my house outside the city where I get to hear to the twitter and chirps of birds, feed the birds in the open, and put out a vessel from which they can have water. It is immensely gratifying.
I’m sure you’ll love it!