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The number and sub-species of kites have decreased drastically during the past 3 – 5 decades. Locally they were known in many a name. The one picture down here is not seen here, if not rarely, known as shankhachil. We used to see more often of them swooping down to catch fishes in front of us children. They used to sit atop big trees making shrill sound on seeing a prey. I used to see some black or red kite feeding young ones on a palm tree from our house. I think decreasing vegetation along with indiscriminate application of chemicals on crops have a deciding role.

Kite (Shankhachil)
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Children and Birds

Children have greatest interest and love for Nature. They collect information about the birds and their nests because the birds attract them so much! Birds are the symbol of freedom to them! Children are imaginative and playful. Birds catch their imagination very easily while they fly away with their magical wings ! They like to catch, domesticate and feed the birds. They know where the birds do nest. I would like to give shelter to the pigeons and be concerned about their safety from the cats.

Birds are a symbol of freedom to all of us. This is more so to the children! They can fly, travel anywhere in a moment of time, fly past our heads! They are like the Wings of Imagination for us. We are taken to our childhood days while we see them. We the humans are so advanced in so many aspects, but can never match their agility and ability to fly and go anywhere they like to !

In our childhood everyone of us has spent a lot of time watching birds! Life is incomplete without birds and their sweet songs! This applies specially to the dreamful children. By leading the bird species and sub-species we , in a way, are snatching the dreams of our children !