Friday, July 19, 2024

Winging it!

Written By Devika Anish (Grade 5)

“Hey world, look at me!” Any guess on who chants this mantra? Yes! I am talking about one of the marvels in our Mother Earth. The peacock, our national bird has been a skittering beauty throughout everyone’s journey. Its exquisite feature just gets flashed on our eyes. It has depicted in art since the ancient times and is seen as a symbol of beauty, rebirth, wealth and happiness.

A regular guest to my grandma’s home, I just admire its walking style, poses, brightly coloured blue fan- like crest of spatula-tipped wire-like feathers, long train made up of elongated upper-tail covert feathers which bear colourful eyespots. An adorable treat to our eyes seeing the male peacock dance, it is believed that monsoon will follow. Dance is always my passion; this bird inspires me and all dancers, each and every movement follow the performer’s heart. Its dance is a blend of postures and steps involving arms, wrists, fingers and legs – soft movements that merge into an elegant dance style. Peacocks hold great significance in religion and Indian royalty. People admire them primarily because of their ornamental blue and pale-green tail, feathers. Less admirable is their high pitched ‘honking’ vocalisations.

Peacocks is also known as ‘mayura’ which means ‘killer of snakes’ in Sanskrit. It encounters a lair of many deadly snakes. But, just before the snakes rise up to strike and kill the peacock, they are quickly gobbled down by the bird. The average lifespan of peacocks is between 15 to 20 years in the wild. However, they can live up to 40 years in captivity. The average running speed can be anywhere up to 10 metre per hour.

My grandma also specified few symbolisms that it holds, and which represents beauty, grace and abundance, believed to bring positive vibrations and attract good fortune to our space. Peacocks are known to have a tolerance for spicy foods like green chilly, even if quite spicy for humans, but seem to be enjoyed by them. Natural pond near my house also serves them enough water to quench their thirst and fruits, berries in the farm wards off their hunger too. No mutual harming. Safe and secure habitat. It’s always a great feel when we share our produce with assets of nature. Just can’t miss out to mention few other regular visitors in my back yard such as Jungle Babbler, Common Myna, Wood pecker, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Indian Grey Hornbill, and Egret. All of these beauties have their own unique features and just love sitting in balcony and listen to their melodies.

No human ever lived in a birdless world.

We don’t need to explain our love. We only need to show it.

Featured Image Courtesy – Education 21


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