Berhampur, June 28 (LocalWire): Meteorologists have notified about the advancement of the much-awaited southwest monsoon but the age-old harbinger of monsoons, the pied-crested cuckoo, a migratory bird colloquially known as the ‘Pika’ that arrived at the onset of monsoon is yet to be sighted in Ganjam.
The bird, also called the Jacobin Cuckoo, generally arrives before the onset of the monsoon, said a noted ornithologist Uday Narayan Dev.
He studied different aspects of the migratory and residential birds for the last four decades and authored several books on Bird Watching and Chilika Birds.
‘I tracked the arrival of the monsoons with the sighting of pika for some years and also confirmed that the bird was a precursor of the monsoons,’ he said.
The black and white bird travels thousands of kilometers from Africa to reach the country during May and June, ahead of the south-west monsoon and returns to their home usually the following January.
But this year, the bird has not yet been sighted although the monsoon has already set in the state, as claimed by the weathermen,’ he said.
Since the last few years, the ‘monsoon bird’ was sighted in Bharatpur in Bhubaneswar, four to five days ahead of the rains. But the bird has been missed for a couple of years, the ornithologist said.
‘We can’t exactly pinpoint the reason but the pattern needs to be researched,’ he added.
Migrating from East Africa, the pied-crest cuckoo generally arrives in the state before the Raja festival.
The correlation of the onset of the monsoon with the arrival of the pika finds reference in the Mahabharata and Meghadoot epics, while several renowned ornithologists including Salim Ali conformed this natural phenomenon of the relationship of Pika and arrival of monsoon, said Sudhakar Mohapatra, a retired senior forest officer and an ornithologist.