Essay: Of avian romance in the Capital - Hindustan Times

Essay: Of avian romance in the Capital

ByPrerna Jain
Mar 21, 2023 06:18 PM IST

From the loud anthem of the brown-headed barbet to the frenetic dance of the purple sunbird, love is in the air for Delhi’s birds

It is still springtime in northern India. The harsh summer is a couple of weeks away. The birds of Delhi, now in the mood for love, chirp, whistle, dance and sing for hours at sunrise. Their enthusiasm might disturb humans at daybreak but those who do manage to roll out of bed can learn some lessons from the birds about courtship.

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Purple sunbirds (Prerna Jain)

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Oriental white eyes (Prerna Jain)

Brown headed barbets (Prerna Jain)
Brown headed barbets (Prerna Jain)

Yellow footed green pigeons (Prerna Jain)
Yellow footed green pigeons (Prerna Jain)

Black kites (Prerna Jain)
Black kites (Prerna Jain)

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Indeed, if they could, city birds would probably echo Urdu poet Jigar Moradabadi’s sentiments:

Ye ishq nahin aasan bas itna samajh lijiye, ek aag ka dariya hai aur doob key jana hai./ Love is not easy; it is like a river of fire; one has to drown in it to swim across.

Prerna Jain is an artist and photographer based in New Delhi. An extensive collection of her work can be found at her website and at She is the author of My Feathered Friend

The views expressed are personal

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