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If you live in an Indian city, you probably loath this grey winged creature that seems to have picked the dullest color to wear, and seems to derive sadistic pleasure in littering human habitation. Unlike most birds and well squirells, pigeons are actually cosy inside rooms and would make sure you pay heavily for negligence of your space.
Except that if you were in Ahmedbad, besides these grey pals, you would also be graced by the more exotic:
Of course, they don’t remain as exotic when you see them often enough to become aware of their mating rituals.
I recently noticed on a visit to this rather large bio-diversity park (has a lot of varieties of trees), I coudn’t see a single pigeon. And that is very surprising, because the park is in surrounded by buildings, and the buildings are infested by the pigeons. I visit that park often, and one gets to Crows, Mynah, Drongos, Hoopoe, but no pigeons :-O.
It is not that I miss the pigeons, but I am little shocked by their absence; getting to the park is just a matter of crossing the road. But then, Drongos and Hoopoe don’t grace our human abodes- I am sure they find us rather dull. Crows and Mynah seem like the egalitarian sorts- मनुष्य और प्रकृति में No भेद-भाव! Pigeons on the other hand, are biased against their own kind- मनुष्य चलेंगे पर पेड़ पौधों से हमें नफ़रत है.
Why is that? Why do pigeons concentrate in urban centers?
PS: For those of you are wondering about the title, though if you were raised in India you would almost definitely know what it refers to, ‘Chidiya Udd’ (translating to bird fly) was a childhood game. There was a whole song- chidiya udd, tota udd, myna udd, …..(something that doesn’t fly)….., patang udd, paper udd (and then fight over whether, paper is supposed to fly or not :-p)
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