தொல்தமிழர் அறிவியல் –97 : 31. வானம்பாடி
It is a slender, long-tailed, crested black and white bird. Its size is about that of a Myna, but with a much longer tail. Adult cuckoos have a prominent crest and a long, tapering tail. They may be found in two distinct colour ‘avatars’: black above with white under parts, or completely black except for a small white patch on the wings. Juveniles are browner above and yellowish-white below.
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“The quotation from Aingurunooru(418) observes that ‘Vaanambaadi’ known as in English as Skylark kills its appetite by consuming the occasional rain-water. It is assumed therefore that skylark can live for many days without water.
Traditional belief is that when it gets thirsty, it calls the rain-lord to provide rain and its prayer is favorably answered.References about this bird are available not only in Sangam literature such as Purananooru (198), Aingurunooru (418) and Kalitogai (46) but also in Rig veda and Kalidasa. “ –Editor. ------ தொடரும் ….