Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Cuckoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientific name

 

Eudynamys scolopaceus

 

Common name

 

Cuckoo

 

Hindi

 

Koel

 

Sanskrit 

 

Kokila

 

Distribution

 

Throughout India

 

Religious association

 

 

 

 

The cuckoo is a symbol of fertility, fun and good times. The bird is the vehicle of Jayakara, the companion of Kamadeva, god of love, an Indian Cupid. The cuckoo is sacred to the Lepchas of Sikkim, whose agricultural calendar is decided by the cuckoo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Source: “Sacred Animals Of India” by  Nanditha Krishna,  (Penguin Book India, 2010)

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