I forgot to blog this earlier; I had my first Indian Pitta for this migratory season on the 30th October in my garden. I usually keep a corner of my garden with thick undergrowth to invite it and it accepts my invitation every year! This pretty terrestrial bird calls at dawn and dusk around 6.00 O’clock. Consequently, one of its popular local Tamil names is 'Aarumani Kuruvi', which translates to ‘The 6.00 O’clock bird’. According to local folklore, the beautiful feathers of the Indian Peafowl aka Peacock were originally belonging to the Indian Pitta. The Peacock had ‘borrowed’ it for a wedding and had never returned. Hence the reason the Pitta calls everyday to remind the peacock to return its feathers!
It must be noted that there are various versions to this story; one saying that the peacock stole it, while the Pitta had put it aside for bathing! However, the version mentioned in the ‘Aspects of Sinhala Folklore’ by Prof. J.B. Disnayaka is that the peacock borrowed it and I am happy to borrow that version
Anyway, what a beauty it would have been its original plumes!