It’s really hard trying to identify Bengali birds– local books often have the wrong names, and Western books don’t have the Bengali names. Today for my morning off I decided to research what Bengali and English names go with what bird. I’ve seen all of these birds below, they’re pretty common. Some of the photos are ours, but others are borrowed.
শালিক Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
besides the crow this is the most common bird in Bangladesh
ফিঙ্গে Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
Another common bird with a unique flight which sits on cows and goats alot
কোকিল Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
fluty double call; males black and females speckled (Cuckoo family). Most of the cuckoo birds are brood parasites, meaning they lay their eggs in another birds’ nest. Their eggs hatch quickly (12 days), and then the baby proceeds to vault the other babies or birds out of the nest so it gets sole attention from the foster-parents.
বউ কথা কও Brainfever Bird (Hierococcyx varius)
A type of Cuckoo/কোকিল also known as the Hawk-Cuckoo, this is the bird that makes the endlessly repeated tripe call, becoming more frenzied as it rises higher and higher (listen here) Banglapedia: The very name Bau-Kotha-Kou indicates the bereavement call of a husband to his dearest wife. People believe that the bird is the incarnation of that saddened husband. For many people, the name ‘Kokil‘ will conjure a symbol of spring.
|বাতাসি পাখি Swift
There’s also a variant called
Asian Palm Swift (তাল বাতাসি)