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The Lure Of The Extraordinary Peacock | Bookosmia

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature.

 

 

Festivals With Sara With Prachi Kothari10 year old Prachi Kothari, a Bookosmian from Mumbai can’t help gushing about the magnificent peacock in this lovely poem. What is your favourite bird? Tell us!

Prachi is a student of Children’s Academy Group of Schools(Malad).

 

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A blue glow,

That makes everyone say “Ooo”,

The peacock’s feathers when spread look like they give to the ground, blue light,

Which brings to the watchers, a charming smile.

The lure of the extraordinary peacock

When the wet rain with the ground together clap,

This scene is extraordinary, incredible, fab,

The peacock starts dancing exceptionally arresting,

We feel around us an ecstasy fencing,

Golden green rays emit from their feathers,

That we can’t stop to gather,

For perceiving this wondrous sight,

It would be more marvellous if it could take a sky-high flight,

When looking at it our eyes pounce out and magically stop,

The peacock is so magnificent from bottom to top.

If it comes dancing on the road,

Everything from cars to people would be on hold,

It spreads out its wings with valor,

In us, we need to imbibe that gleaming colour.

 

The lure of the extraordinary peacock

 

Learn that,

We shouldn’t just sit and perch on the tree,

Do something outstanding that makes everyone feel glee.

Animals should be given importance and cared,

Don’t let them become extinct and rare.

The lure of the extraordinary peacock

Increase the number of animals and birds,

Build national parks and sanctuaries where they can freely and happily run,

Store the peacock’s beautiful sights in your mind and heart,

So that these pleasant sights keep coming repeatedly and ever last.

 

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy Prachi’s poem on peacocks? How about some cool facts now?

 

 

Fun Fact 1: Peacocks can emit sounds humans can’t hear

When a peacock fans its ornamented train of feathers for the peahen during mating season, its feathers quiver, emitting a low-frequency sound inaudible to human ears. Depending on whether they want to attract females from far away or up close, they can change the sound by shaking different parts of their feathers. Peacocks make “infrasounds” at low frequencies (below 20 hertz) that are totally inaudible to us—but very pertinent to peafowl. Just think of it as bluetooth for birds, says Audubon article here.

The lure of the extraordinary peacock

 

 

Fun Fact 2: Peacocks, peahens, peafowls? getting the name right
Only the males are actually “peacocks.” The collective term for these birds is peafowl. The males are peacocks and the females are peahens. The babies are called peachicks. A family of peafowls is called a “bevy”. A group of the birds is also sometimes called an “ostentation,” a “muster,” or even a “party.”

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Prachi Kothari, 10, Mumbai

‘Spectacular Spectacled Eiders’ by 12 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata + Cool Facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature.

 

Today’s write up is an epistolary work, which means in the form of letters, by 12  year old Laksha Khanna from Kolkata.

Read with Sara story on menstruation periods by 13 year old Laksha from Kolkata on BookosmiaLaksha is a 12 year old , studying in class 7 in Sushila Birla Girls School, Kolkata. She is a student of Word Munchers.

Laksha is passionate about writing from an early age. She is also fond of dramatics. She enjoys being on the stage and  performing for an audience.

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Dear Pamela,

Hope you are doing well. I came to know about your obsession with birds. Recently we had a school trip to Russia and I was a volunteer to accompany a bunch of seventh graders. I am writing to you to tell you about our encounter with the Spectacled Eider, an endangered species.

Nature with Sara Epistolary by Laksha Khanna

 

It was a Saturday morning and we had a free day before we left for home. I took a bunch of seventh graders to a park to spend the day there. There was a tranquil lake nearby and a lot of ducks were merrily swimming in it. My juniors bought a loaf of bread from the nearby bakery and started feeding the ducks. I would have never found the Spectacled Eider if one of the kids hadn’t pointed out that one of the ducks was wearing glasses. All the children gathered around the lake and started pointing and gasping at the duck. I came closer and I found out from one of the locals that it wasn’t a regular duck but it was a Spectacled Eider who has a large white patch around their eyes, outlined with black which makes it appear as if it is wearing spectacles. It had a marvelous white and black body, a green neck and an orange beak.

 

Suddenly it swopped down and grabbed a mollusk in its mouth. The children watched carefully how the mollusk fought for its life and how the eider was fighting for its food. Later that evening, one child was really fascinated by this bird so he started telling us all about the eider. He told us that the Spectacled eider was an endangered species because it was a common prey for predators if they didn’t travel in large groups.

Nature with Sara Epistolary by Laksha Khanna

Overall it was a rare experience viewing an endangered species in a park. Hope to hear from you soon. 

 

Yours lovingly,

Laksha 

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy Laksha’s epistolary work? How about some cool facts on Spectacled Eider now?
Cool Fact#1: The male and female Spectacled Eiders look significantly different
Males have a unique olive green head with white goggles and a carrot-orange bill. Females are brown overall with pale goggles.
Nature with Sara Epistolary by Laksha Khanna
Read more about the bird at Audubon
Cool Fact #2:  Spectacled eiders are rare and poorly known birds.
Can you believe that no one knew where these birds spent the winter months up until 1995! Lets make up for it and spread awareness about this and other birds.
 
Read more about it at eBird
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‘Scarlet Ibis’ An Epistolary (letter writing) by 13 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Here is a wonderful coming together of epistolary (letter writing) creative writing with a love for the vibrant world of scarlet ibis birds, by 13 year old Aanya Surana from Kolkata.

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Aanya Surana is a student of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, studying in class nine. English has been one of the most fascinating subjects to her. She goes to Word Munchers.

 

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42 Ribbon Street
Kolkata-700023
26th November, 2020

Dear Riya,
Its been a while since we have caught up with each other, I hope you’re doing  well. I know we’ve lost touch ever since I moved to Brazil for my further  studies, but I really miss you and would do anything to stay as attached and close as we were before.

The weather here is so beautiful currently and the autumn season is passing and the winter is setting in and during this time of year we generally have  expeditions and for this year as a part of the science class activity we went to a bird sanctuary, it was so beautiful. I was in charge of a group of children from class six and we were led by an ornithologist. He was so experienced that he  could identify the only check with their chirping noise. We saw a number of  birds but across the lake there was a beautiful flock of vibrant, colourful,  scarlet coloured birds which was were rare species known as scarlet ibis.

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I was so mesmerized seeing the beautiful red bird that I could sit there forever and enjoy the calmness around her. Our ornithologist told a lot about that bird  and I found it very interesting . He told us that the scarlet ibis is a sociable and gregarious bird, and very communally-minded regarding the search for food  and the protection of the young. I thought that it would be a fun activity to feed the bird so the students and I asked our guide their check what it check and he said that it had a varied diet and that it and it ate stuff like crabs frogs worms and insects. Hearing this the students stepped back from feeding it because they were terribly scared of worms and insects themselves!

We went  further inside the sanctuary and saw numerous and rare species of  the bird. It was a trip to remember.

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Give my greetings to uncle and aunt and I hope you like the pictures I have sent because I know you love nature and everything about it.

 

Hope to see you soon.
Your loving friend,
Radhika

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy Ananya’s epistolary work?
Did you know that the scarlet ibis is the national bird of Trinidad. How about some more cool facts about these stunning birds?
Fun fact #1 : Scarlet ibis is not born scarlet, but grey, brown or white
A juvenile scarlet ibis is a mix of grey, brown, and white. As it grows, a heavy diet of red crustaceans (like crabs) produces the scarlet color. The color  change begins with the juvenile’s second, around the time it begins to fly, starting on the back and spreading gradually across the body while increasing in intensity over a period of about two years.
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A juvenile scarlet ibis bird

Fun fact #2 :  The scarlet ibis is a gregarious bird, living, traveling, and breeding in flocks.

While in flight, ibises form diagonal lines or V-formations. This formation  decreases wind resistance for trailing birds. When the leader of the pack tires, it falls to the back of the formation and another ibis takes its place at the front.

Read more here at the the Seaworld.org

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‘Graceful Demoiselle Cranes’ by 16 year old Ishita Jain from Kolkata + Cool Facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature.

Today’s write up is an epistolary work, which means in the form of letters by 16 year old Ishita Jain from Kolkata.

Nature with Sara story by Ishita JainIshita is a 16 year old who loves reading and writing. She is someone who would rather curl up with a book, with a hot cup of tea than go out and socialize. She loves to listen to music as well.

She goes to La Martiniere for Girls School and is a student of Word Munchers.

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Dear Aunt, 

Do you remember the day you told me to take time out of my busy schedule from time to time to be in the lap of nature? Well, this December, I got such an opportunity. As a part of a science class activity, I was handed the responsibility of leading a group of juniors on a bird watching expedition. We went to Keoladeo National Park, India’s most famous bird watching park. It is a small wetland in Rajasthan that domiciles over 400 species of birds.

Our science teacher was a retired ornithologist, who helped us throughout the trip. We were told by our guide, to be quiet in order to experience the thrill of observing exotic birds. The group of juniors were very cooperative and understanding; the group touring with us, were an obstreperous lot.

Nature with Sara story by Ishita Jain

In that tranquil atmosphere in the wilderness, we saw many birds such as painted storks, bar-headed goose and Indian courser. However, the bird that caught my eye the most was the Demoiselle Crane, which is the smallest of the crane species. Their bodies and outer wings are a pale silver-blue in colour and their tails and the underside of their wings, are black in colour. Their necks are black while there are pearly white feathers on the side of their eyes. They also have a mane-like set of feathers on their chest that makes them look graceful and elegant. This attractive bird has red eyes and small, ivory beaks, with grey and pink marks on them. 

Seeing this bird, all of us were left awe-struck and unable to tear our eyes away from it. Their call is like that of a ‘high-pitched trumpet’, as our guide had told us. They are migratory birds who migrate to South-Asia during the breeding season of winter. 

Nature with Sara story by Ishita Jain

We spent that entire day in awe of the entire park filled with beautiful, exotic birds. I learnt a lot about different kinds of birds that day and I plan on visiting the park along with you next time you are in Rajasthan. 

Yours Lovingly,

Ishita.

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy Ishita’s epistolary work? How about some cool facts on Demoiselle Cranes now?
1. The bird is symbolically significant in the culture of India and Pakistan, where it is known as Koonj.

In the mythology of Valmiki, the composer of the Hindu epic Ramayana, it is claimed that his first verse was inspired by the sight of a hunter kill the male of a pair of demoiselle cranes that were courting.  The demoiselle crane is known as the Koonj /Kurjan(कूंज,कुरजां کونج, ਕੂੰਜ) in the languages of North India, and figure prominently in the literature, poetry and idiom of the region.

Beautiful women are often compared to the koonj because its long and thin shape is considered graceful. Metaphorical references are also often made to the koonj for people who have ventured far from home or undertaken hazardous journeys.
Nature with Sara story by Ishita Jain
2.  When first brought to France from the steppes of Russia, the Demoiselle Crane was so named by Queen Marie Antoinette, for its delicate and maiden-like appearance.
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‘Exciting Egret’ by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata+ some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in.

 

If you were a bird in a zoo, how would you feel? Would you love it? Would you  rather be free?

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9 year old Atreyo Bhattacharyya from Kolkata shares his perspective, in this epistolary (letter writing) piece. Atreyo goes to The Heritage School and is a student of Word Munchers.

 

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Dear Grandpa,
I am very sad as I have been locked up in this cage. I am in an enclosure named The Egrets. But people still admire me for my beautiful snow white plumage.

We have cages that restrain a bird from flying away. I was brought to this zoo by a man named Kalan. He first dug a big hole and then covered it with leaves. Without seeing properly, I stepped on that and fell into it. I miss my freedom and how I used to roam around and jump from one tree to the other.

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But the advantages of this zoo are that I regularly get good food to eat and big bowls of water everyday. My life in this zoo is comfortable because the people give me food and water at the right time and take care of me properly.

 

But I feel lonely here because I can’t talk to my friends. Slowly, I am forgetting  how to fly as this is a small cage, nor do they allow us to fly. My flight feathers are becoming of no use. I miss my freedom and abhor this life of a prisoner.

Hope I could fly back to you whenever I wish as I used to do….

Miss you Grandpa
Yours lovingly,
Jack

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that beautiful poem by Atreyo? How about some some cool facts on egrets now?

 

 

1. Egret’s feathers used to be a fashion statement
Egrets are herons which have white or buff plumage, and develop fine plumes (usually milky white) during the breeding season. Egrets are not a biologically distinct group from the herons and have the same build.
Most egrets have white plumage and develop long ornamental nuptial plumes for the breeding season. Their feathers used to be highly-priced as they were used as ornaments in women’s hats.
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Read more at the Britannica here – https://www.britannica.com/animal/egret

2. The great egret faced near extinction and is a conservation success story

Nearly wiped out in the United States in the late 1800s, when its plumes were sought for use in fashion, the Great Egret made a comeback after early conservationists put a stop to the slaughter and protected its colonies; as a result, this bird became the symbol of the National Audubon Society. The great egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society and represents a conservation success story.  The birds have enjoyed legal protection over the last century, and their numbers have increased substantially. 

Read more at Audubon here

 
3. The usual habitat for great egrets is around marshes, ponds, shores, mud flats. 
Great egrets are found near water, salt or fresh, and feed in wetlands, streams, ponds, tidal flats, and other areas.

The egret forages mostly by standing or walking in shallow water, waiting for fish to come near, then catching them with rapid thrust of bill.
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‘Let the birds be free’ Poem by 9 year old Bookosmian from Bangalore

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Today’s lovely poem on the significance of birds is written by 9 year old Aashritha Surya Prakash from Bangalore.

Aashritha goes to Vidya Niketan School, Bangalore and is a student of Talespin.

 

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There go the ducks, “Quack, quack, quack”
There go the robins, “Chack, chack, chack”
There go the eagles, soaring through the sky
There go the vultures, flying ever so high.

 

Over hills and dales
And woodland pines
Over hidden caves
And huge gold mines

 

Never faulting
Never halting
Till they find a warmer place
Clever people call it migrating.

 

They are wonderful creatures
They truly care
But who are their enemies?
An elephant or a hare?

 

Then I wonder,
“Who could it be?”
It’s nobody else,
Just you and me.

 

Yes, we are the ones
Invading their homes
But what harm have they done?
The answer is none.

 

On the contrary,
They help us a lot
Pollinating seeds in little pots

 

So stop cutting trees
And let them be free.

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that beautiful poem by Aashrita? How about some some cool facts on birds?
Cool Fact#1 : Ostriches have the largest eyes of any land animal
Ostrich eyes are the largest of any animal that lives on land (though they can’t rival some of the massive creatures that inhabit the depths of the sea). Approximately the size of a billiard ball, their eyes are actually bigger than their brains.
Read more at Mental Floss here
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Cool Fact#2 : In ancient Greece, Pigeons are believed to have delivered results of the Olympics
Believed to be the first domesticated bird, pigeons were used for millennia to deliver messages, including important military information, and the outcome of the early Olympic games. Though non-avian mail delivery has become more popular over time, pigeons were used as recently as World War II to carry select messages.
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‘The unique Oilbirds of South America’ A write up by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata + some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in.

Dont miss the accompanying cool facts.

 

Today’s write up is an epistolary work, which means in the form of letters by 10 year old Devaanshi Nathany from Kolkata.

Nature with Sara oil bird Devanshi Bookosmia

Devaanshi studies in Modern High School for Girls, Kolkata. The magical book  of spells, Harry Potter is her favorite. She likes to run and play but not studying. Without mischief there is nothing for her to do.

 

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Dear Uncle,

Your previous letter is still with me. Apologies for not responding as I was busy  with my trip. It’s so lovely in South America that I don’t get time to see the  letters.

By the way, do you know that when I went to the jungle for studying the  animals with my mates, we saw the most unusual bird! Oilbird was the  creature’s name. It was mainly reddish brown with white spots on its nape and  wings. Its lower parts were cinnamon-buff with white diamond shaped spots  edged in black. These spots started to decrease towards the throat and grew  bigger as they reached the back.

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Their stiff tail feathers were rich brown spotted with white on either side. I  came to know that they are a small nocturnal cave-dwelling creature, which  hunts its food by echolocation just like bats and dolphins do. It is also the only  flying, fruit- eating nocturnal bird in the world.

The oilbirds forage at night, with specially adapted eyesight. When I searched  about them in google, I found out that they favor oily, fatty wax palm and avocado fruits, which they pluck from trees with their formidable-looking  hooked beaks. I am not sure whether they migrate but they surely aren’t in broods. And do you know that the oil birds are so oily that people used to boil  them to extract their oil and use it as a fuel! It was a strange observation!

 

It was a jolly good experience knowing about the bird.

Yours Loving
Devaanshi

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that informative write up by Devanshi? It is the first time I have heard of this unique bird. How about some some cool facts on Oilbirds?
Cool Fact#1 : Oilbirds maneuver within its cavern using ‘echolocation’
The oilbird’s most impressive adaptation might be its ability to maneuver within its cavern using echolocation. Unlike bats, which call at a frequency too high for human detection, Oilbirds emit a series of audible-to-humans clicks that ricochet off upcoming obstacles, providing a map of the terrain ahead. How can Oilbirds keep track of their own clicks with so many other birds in the colony? Each Oilbird clicks at a slightly different frequency.

Read more about it at Audobon here

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Cool Fact #2: Oilbird’s body enables it to move around in the dark

Their retinas pack one million rods per millimeter—the highest rod density recorded in any vertebrate—which allows their eyes to take in more light than any other bird’s. And those whiskers, pathetic looking though they might be, actually serve a purpose, providing additional sensory cues that help the Oilbird get around, not unlike many mammals.

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‘The Mighty Eagle’ Essay by 7 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata+ some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in.

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Here is 7 year old Rajveer Chowdhary from Kolkata sharing an essay on why he is awed by the eagle.

 

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The Eagle

The eagle is one of the most powerful birds.
One evening I spotted an eagle on my terrace.
It soars high above the sky spying its prey with its keen eyes. The bird is  notable for their powerful eyes. It has an ability to see a moving rabbit from a mile.
They build their nest in a remote place as high a cliff where it cannot be  disturbed. It makes its nest from sticks which is used year after year. Eagles incubate their eggs for about 35 days. Eagles protect their chicks from the cold and the heat.  On sunny days they spread their wings to produce shade for the chicks. I was very amazed to know about how they push their young ones to fly out from the nest, in a video.
Sometimes in the morning I see an eagle and get mesmerized by its powerful eyes and strong feet.
They are spotted mainly in Madhya Pradesh, southern Orissa and Nilgiris districts.
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Indian spotted eagle

Often, they feed on rabbits, hare, sea birds and even on dead animals.

Occasionally, it can be seen on Discovery Channel from which I gained the knowledge.

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that heartfelt write up? How about some some cool facts about eagles?
Cool Fact#1 : Eagle’s beak bends with age.

Eagles may be apex predators at the top of their food chain, but they don’t stay that way forever. Aside from the weakening of its talons, eagle beaks warp and bend upon ageing. Once their beaks change shape, it’d be hard for them to feed.

Read more about it here – https://facts.net/nature/animals/eagle-facts

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Cool Fact#2 : The largest bird’s nest was built by a pair of bald eagles.

Eagles have got into the Guinness book of world records!! The largest bird’s nest was built by a pair of bald eagles and possibly their successors, near St Petersburg, Florida, USA. It measured  9 ft. 6 in wide and 20 ft. deep. It was examined in 1963 and was estimated to weigh more than two tonnes (4,409 lb).

Read more about it in the Guinness Book of World Records here

Cool Fact 3: An eagle’s eyesight is around 5 times better than the human’s vision.
Eagles can see up to 3 kilometers away.
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‘Don’t worry, Mr. Owl’ A cute write up by a 6 year old Bookosmian from Delhi +some cool facts #Nature with Sara

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to the exciting Children’s Day contests around wildlife. We found a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in, isn’t it?
Thanks to fun facts by Kaadoo, makers of wildlife-based, table top games and sponsors of the Children’s Day contest prizes.
Here is 7 year old Himika Chopra from Delhi with a cute write up on the owl.
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Nature with Sara Forest Eagle Owl Bookosmia
Me : Hello Mr Owl how are you? Are you fine? Are you able to breathe?
Mr Owl: Nooo
The air is polluted. I can’t breathe. People are bursting crackers here and there.
Me : Don’t worry Mr Owl. I will take you to my backyard. It’s all green, full of fresh oxygen. I have planted many trees in my backyard. You can come and stay in any of the trees’ hollow.
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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that adorable story on friendship? Now, as promised, some cool facts about Forest Eagle Owl, shared by Kaadoo, prepared in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature  (WWF)

 

Cool Fact#1- The Forest Eagle Owl has very long, almost horizontal ear-tufts.
The Forest Eagle Owl is a large, powerful owl with very long, almost horizontal ear-tufts. The large ear tufts slant off to the sides It is also known as the Spot-bellied Eagle Owl.

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Cool Fact 2: The Forest Eagle Owl is known for its weird, human-sounding call.

This call consists of a scream, which rises and then falls in tone. The territorial call of the species, like that of most other eagle-owls, consists of low hoots with two-second intervals between hoos.[2] The voice is booming, deep and carries quite far. A low, deep double hoot lasting two seconds – “hoo hoo.” It also utters a mournful, mewing scream that rises and then falls in pitch and lasts about one second – “njaauuuw.

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‘I flutter and smile, seeing the dazzling butterfly’ Essay by 9 year old Nandini Maheshwari from  Delhi

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in.

Dont miss the accompanying cool facts, shared/ acknowledged by Subhadra Devi, bird photographer  turned birder, a nature  enthusiast and a member of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF), India.

We are back with butterflies, this time  9 year old Nandini Maheshwari from  Delhi sharing her excitement with them.

Butterflies with Nandini Maheshwari

Nandini has a lot of hobbies- drawing, painting, baking, reading, DIY crafts but the one that calms her down is doing  ballet while swaying her arms. She is a keen learner and driven by her curiosity at all times. She loves fairies ,animals, birds, dinosaurs and even monsters.  Nandini is a student of Air Force Bal Bharti School, Delhi and Chamatkaar.

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I flutter and smile with a sparkle,
And feel like flying when I see a dazzling butterfly.

Butterflies are totally awesome and mesmerizing creatures of nature. They also have colourful and transparent wings. They are harmless and gazing  at their beauty is so relaxing in itself. My favourite butterfly is Rainbow Monarch and blue butterfly because of its ravishing colors.

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They have a four stage life cycle which goes like this –
A butterfly lays an egg,
A caterpillar comes out which is so so hungry . It eats leaves. If you offer, I think it would also eat fruits, vegetables, leaves, burgers, pizzas and cheese .Now it’s a fatso and turned into a cocoon. After 2 weeks, it comes out as the prettiest butterfly.

If I get to hold a butterfly , I will play with her with a gentle hand and release her into the sky to flutter, flutter, flutter….butterfly, keep soaring high!

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Cool Fact#1:  A whopping 75 percent of known insects, undergo metamorphosis.

Among them bees, beetles, flies, and moths—develop in four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Most striking about complete metamorphosis is how different the larva looks and behaves from the adult.

Other species, such as grasshoppers and dragonflies, experience incomplete, or simple, metamorphosis, which involves three life stages—egg, larva or nymph, and adult or imago. The nymphs look like tiny adults, eating and shedding their skins until they reach adulthood.

Read more at National Geographic  here

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Cool Fact#2: A  Caterpillar has as many as 4,000 muscles in its body

By comparison, humans have just 650 muscles in a considerably larger body The caterpillar’s head capsule alone consists of 248 individual muscles. That’s one seriously muscle-bound insect!

Read more at ThoughtCo here

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‘Hello, I am the Indian fox,’ Poem by Jeevasini Patnana from Bhubaneswar

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Here is Jeevasini Patnana from Bhubaneswar sharing a delightful poem on the Indian fox with us.
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I have fur everywhere
I have a bushy tail,
Whatever I find to eat
I manage very well.
Bugs, rodents, birds or fruits
Who am I, can you guess?
Hello, I am the Indian fox
My colour is reddish peach,
I am neither giant nor tiny
I am a simple guy.
Indian fox Indian fox, Yay!
Found in the mountains and plains
Villages and urban lanes,
Night is my time to play
Indian fox, Indian fox. Yay!
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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that wonderful poem? Now, as promised, some cool facts about the Indian Fox, also known as Bengal Fox. These cool facts have been curated by Kaadoo, in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature. (WWF)

 

Cool Fact 1:  The Indian fox’s favourite time of day is dawn or twilight.

Bengal foxes are predominantly crepuscular(active primarily during the twilight period) and nocturnal (being active during the night and sleeping during the day). While individuals may sometimes become active during cool periods of daytime, they typically spend warmer daylight hours under  vegetation.

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Cool Fact 2: The tail of the Indian Fox is around 50–60% of the length of the head and body.  

The Indian Fox is more small and delicate in built, than the red fox. It can  readily be recognized by its bushy, black-tipped tail, which is around 50–60% of the length of the head and body.

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‘Cats, cats, I love cats!’ Poem by 7 year old Ayraa from Mumbai+ some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature and wildlife, while still being locked in.

 

Here is 7 year old Ayraa from Mumbai sharing her love for cats and why they make for purr-fect pets! Dont miss the cool facts that follow.

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Ayraa is 7 years old. She loves to hoola hoop and skate. She loves to read too. 

Ayraa is a student of Ava Bai Petit Girls High School, Mumbai.

 

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Cats, cats I love cats!


Cats love milk.
They love to chase mice, and they love to eat fish.

Cats have soft fur on their body and have whiskers.
When it’s happy and likes someone, it purrs.

I love cats because they have soft pink ears.

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that adorable poem? Now, as promised, some cool facts about Cats
Cool Fact #1:  Cats are some of the oldest known pets
When humans were predominantly hunters, dogs were of great use, and thus were domesticated long before cats. Cats, on the other hand, only became useful to people when we began to settle down, till the earth and—crucially—store surplus crops. With grain stores came mice, and when the first wild cats wandered into town, the stage was set for what the Science study authors call “one of the more successful ‘biological experiments’ ever undertaken.” The cats were delighted by the abundance of prey in the storehouses; people were delighted by the pest control.
Ancient Egyptians may have first domesticated cats as early as 4,000 years  ago.  Early Egyptians worshipped a cat goddess and even mummified their beloved pets for their journey to the next world—accompanied by mummified mice!
Read more at the National Geographic here

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Cool Fact #2: Cats spend between 30-50% of their days grooming themselves.

Grooming helps cats tone down their scent so they can avoid predators. It cools them down, it promotes blood flow, and it distributes natural oils evenly around their coat, allowing them to stay warm and dry. Grooming also serves as a sign of affection between two cats, and it’s thought that saliva contains enzymes that serve as a natural antibiotic for wounds.

Read more facts at Mental Floss here.

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Cool Facts #3: A group of kittens is called a Kindle

A kindle isn’t just an e-reader—it’s also a word that’s used to describe a group of kittens born to one mama cat. Meanwhile, a group of full-grown cats is called a clowder.

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‘Forest Eagle Owl’ Short Story by 8 year old Shreeda Thakkar from Hannover, Germany

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Don’t miss this acrostic story and winning entry by 8 year old Shreeda Thakkar from Hannover, Germany. Shreeda is fond of reading and writing. She is well organized and loves to watch cartoon movies. She use her imagination and pen down.

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forest eagle owl write ups by kids Bookosmia
Far away in a city lived a wise old owl.
The city caught with fire so the wise old owl went to live in the forest.
Oak tree was where he landed. He decided to live on the oak forever.
Rainly, the wise old owl’s school friend saw him and landed on the tree. Then he hugged him so tightly.
Everyday they met each other. Rainly lived nearby in a pineapple tree.
Soon they were getting weaker and weaker because Rainly and the wise old owl were getting older.
Time passed and they could not meet each other.
One day both got a note saying get off your tree and walk forward a little. They did.
When they saw each other they hugged tightly like before.
Later they were never sad at all. They would cry with joy.
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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that adorable story on friendship? Now, as promised, some cool facts about Forest Eagle Owl, shared by Kaadoo, prepared in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature. (WWF)

 

Cool Fact 1: The Forest Eagle Owl is known for its weird, human-sounding call.

This call consists of a scream, which rises and then falls in tone. The territorial call of the species, like that of most other eagle-owls, consists of low hoots with two-second intervals between hoos.[2] The voice is booming, deep and carries quite far. A low, deep double hoot lasting two seconds – “hoo hoo.” It also utters a mournful, mewing scream that rises and then falls in pitch and lasts about one second – “njaauuuw.

Cool Fact 2: There are 33 species of Owls in India

Some small, some large and some extremely fierce predators. The young spot bellied owl, or forest eagle owl is paler than the adult

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‘ Golden Crowned Crane’ Poem by 8 year old Arkendu Banerjee from Kolkata

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Here is a wonderful poem on the ‘ Golden Crowned Crane’ by 8 year old Arkendu Banerjee from Kolkata
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A bird from the family of crane,
With a grey coloured crown.
We will call it a grey crowned crane,
With a speciality itself in its name.
A bird with grey crown,
Not found in the Indian town.
It’s the national bird of Uganda,
Not less famous than Anaconda.
Displays its dance  in the rains,
It is omnivores and eats insects and grains.
And makes a honking sound,
When it moves around.

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that simple and adorable write up? Now, as promised, some cool facts about Forest Eagle Owl, shared by Kaadoo, prepared in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature. (WWF)

 

Cool Fact# 1-  A spray of stiff golden feathers forms a crown around their heads.

With a striking crown of stiff golden feathers, the gray crowned crane’s greatest threat comes from humans who view this bird as a status symbol, resulting in widespread poaching and illegal trade.

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Cool Fact# 2- This bird is Uganda’s national bird, and a sacred symbol for Kenya, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa.

The grey or golden crowned crane is the national bird of Uganda and features in the country’s flag and coat of arms.

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‘Hello Mr.Owl’ write up by 8 year old Shreya Girish from Geneva+some cool facts

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Here is  8 year old Shreya Girish from Geneva, sharing a creative write up  and winner of eBooks from Bookosmia.
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“Look at you Mr Owl.
Hello Mr Owl, look at you
You look amazing.
How are you?”
“I am fine,” said the owl in a strong voice.
“Look at your big and scary eyes. Look at your orange and shiny beak. You look so cool.”
“Thank you,” said the owl cutely.
“Those wings of yours are amazing to fly wit. Bye bye Mr Owl. See you later. “

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that simple and adorable write up? Now, as promised, some cool facts about Forest Eagle Owl, shared by Kaadoo, prepared in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature. (WWF)

 

Cool Fact# 1- The Forest Eagle Owl has very long, almost horizontal ear-tufts.
The Forest Eagle Owl is a large, powerful owl with very long, almost horizontal ear-tufts. The large ear tufts slant off to the sides It is also known as the Spot-bellied Eagle Owl. 

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Cool Fact#2 – The Forest Eagle Owl has a low, deep double hoot lasting two seconds – “hoo hoo

It also utters a mournful, mewing scream that rises and then falls in pitch and lasts about one second – “njaauuuw

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‘Forest Eagle Owl’ Write up by 7 year old Keshav Lodha from Navi Mumbai and some fun facts

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Here is one of the creative entries, by 7 year old Keshav Lodha from Navi Mumbai.
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 Nature with Sara Forest Eagle Owl Bookosmia
Me: Hi owl, how are you? Myself Keshav Lodha, 7 yrs. Will u be my friend?
Owl :yes, sure.
Keshav: Ok. Lets play games.
Owl: What game?
Keshav: Memory game.
Owl: Ok
We both played for hours and then we got tired and felt sleepy.
Keshav: Good night, owl. Bye, its time for me to sleep.
Owl: Bye Keshav. I don’t sleep at night, like you do.
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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that simple and adorable write up? Now, as promised, some cool facts about Forest Eagle Owl, shared by Kaadoo, prepared in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature. (WWF)

 

Cool Fact# 1- The spot-bellied eagle-owl is nocturnal and often spends its day hidden in the dense foliage of large forest trees.  

While popular belief is that all owls are nocturnal, there are some owl species (~20%) who are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day but rest at night. However, as the young writer Keshav indicates in his write up, the Forest Eagle Owl is primarily nocturnal.

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Cool Fact #2Almost all of the prey for this species is very large and impressive, much of it being presumably as heavy or heavier than the eagle-owls themselves.

This is a very powerful and bold predatory owl, which is assuredly at the top of the avian food chain in its forested range. However, no extensive study of its dietary habits is known. Even in larger eagle-owls such as the Eurasian eagle-owl, although they can and do prey on a wide range of prey including impressively large prey, most of the diet consists of small mammals, often small rodents such as voles and rats.

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‘Caterpillars and Butterflies’ Poem by 7 year old Kiaan Raj Nathan from Delhi+ Some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in.

Dont miss the accompanying cool facts, shared/ acknowledged by Subhadra Devi, bird photographer  turned birder, a nature  enthusiast and a member of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF), India.

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Today 9 year old Kiaan Raj Nathan from Delhi shares a wonderful poem on his intrigue with butterflies. Kiaan is a big fan of dinosaurs and animals of the prehistoric . His hobbies are reading, playing, chess and drawing. The Enchanted Forest has been his favourite book so far.

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Caterpillar would eat leaves, build a cocoon and within it quietly lie,
Then come out as a colourful butterfly.

 

They are majestic creatures,
Spreading pollen is one of their special features.

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Curly tongues and multicoloured wings,
Butterflies are such beautiful things.

 

They flutter about and are difficult to hold,
Butterflies bring good luck, we are told.

 

They have been around for millions of years!
And, always remind us to forget our fears.

 

They enhance the beauty of gardens with their lovely features,
We must all protect these lovely creatures.

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that informative poem? Now, as promised, some cool facts about butterflies, shared by Subhadra Devi

 

Cool Fact# 1- Butterflies are millions of years old!

Butterflies mate and the females oviposit (lay eggs), which passes on their genes to the next generation. This process has been at work for the last 48 million years for butterflies and 170 million years for moths. Can you believe that?

Read more by the Smithsonian here

Cool Fact# 2- Caterpillars increase their body mass by as much as 1,000 times or more! 

We all have read stories of how much the caterpillar eats, right?

During the larval stage, the caterpillar must consume enough to sustain itself through its pupal stage and into adulthood. Without proper nutrition, it may not have the energy to complete its metamorphosis. Malnourished caterpillars may reach adulthood but be unable to produce eggs. Caterpillars can eat an enormous amount during a life cycle stage that typically lasts several weeks. Some consume 27,000 times their body weight during their lifetime.

Read more by the ThoughtCo here

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Cool Fact#4- Caterpillars have 12 eyes!

On each side of its head, a caterpillar has 6 tiny eyelets, called stemmata, arranged in a semi-circle. One of the 6 eyelets is usually offset a bit and located closer to the antennae. You would think an insect with 12 eyes would have excellent eyesight, but that’s not the case. The stemmata serve merely to help the caterpillar differentiate between light and dark. If you watch a caterpillar, you’ll notice it sometimes moves its head from side to side. This most likely helps it judge depth and distance as it navigates somewhat blindly.

Read more by the ThoughtCo here

Cool Fact#3- Butterflies are not the only ones going through complete metamorphosis

Butterflies are perhaps most famous for the process by which a plump little caterpillar transforms into a winged work of art. But they’re not unique in going through this drastic life change, called complete metamorphosis, or holometabolism.

A whopping 75 percent of known insects—among them bees, beetles, flies, and moths—develop in four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Most striking about complete metamorphosis is how different the larva looks and behaves from the adult.

Read more by the National Geographic here

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Limericks on Birds and Butterflies by 8 year old Harshika Agarwal from Kolkata+ some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in.

Dont miss the accompanying cool facts, shared/ acknowledged by Subhadra Devi, bird photographer  turned birder, a nature  enthusiast and a member of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF), India.

This time we have some limericks from 8 year old Harshika Agarwal from Kolkata. Do you know what a limerick is? It is a humorous  poem with five lines, the first two lines have the same final sound as the last line. One might think it is easy, but most find it to be a hard nut to crack!
Nature with Sara birds and butterflies Harshika Kolkata Bookosmia
Harshika goes to La Martienere for Girls, Kolkata and learns creative writing at Word Munchers. She is very creative and has a different outlook towards life. Learning to draw and putting her imagination on paper, swimming and book reading are her passions.
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On Butterflies

Butterflies are pretty,
Sometimes they fly out of the city.
They live for a small time,
Their contribution is very prime.
They are loved by all, old or kiddy.

Butterfly poem by kids Nature with Sara Bookosmia
Cool Fact #1- How long do butterflies live?
All butterflies and moths have a larval stage and then undergo  metamorphosis, emerging from pupa after transforming into adults. Their adult forms are radically different from the larvae. With a short adult lifespan  (just 3-4 weeks), they are specialized for feeding and reproducing in a hurry.
Read more here  
Cool Fact #2 –Difference between Butterfly and Moth

Moths and butterflies are in the order Lepidoptera, deriving from the Greek words for “scale” and “wing.” The approximately 135,000 moth species and almost 20,000 butterfly species worldwide all have tiny scales on their wings.Butterflies evolved from moths, so it may be easier to think of butterflies as specialized day-flying moths. Moths typically have feathery antennae that taper from a wider base to a pointed end, whereas butterflies have wiry antennae with a knob-like or truncated end. Since moths are primarily nocturnal insects, these feathered chemical receptors help them navigate and find mates at night. There are a lot of day flying moths as well.

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On birds

The bird is sitting on the window sill,
She could feel the chill.
I gave her some grains,
And she took off like a train.
She loves the greenery around the hill.

Cool Fact #1: Do birds feel cold?
Like us, birds are warm blooded, which means their bodies maintain a constant temperature, often around 106 degrees Fahrenheit. To make enough heat, and maintain it, they’ve evolved many different strategies—some similar to our own. From feathers to fat, birds have multiple strategies for keeping warm when the mercury dips.
Cool Fact #2: What kind of birds eat grains?
By definition, a bird is granivorous when it eats mostly seeds and grain. Granivorous birds can also eat other things. For example, many species will consume insects, caterpillars, or spiders as a source of protein for growing chicks during the nesting season. Granivorous birds may also change their diets throughout the year as different types of seeds or other foods are more abundant and easy to find in different seasons. Types of birds that are indisputably granivorous include: Sparrows and finches, grouse, quail, pheasants, partridges, and similar game birds. Doves and pigeons, smaller parrot and parakeet species, many grosbeak and bunting species and similar large finch-like birds
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‘My life as a pet parrot’ story by 8 year old Agneesh Raj Banerjee from Kolkata + some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHey, your friend Sara here! I am amazed by the flow of your entries to our ‘Nature with Sara’ section. Thanks  to all young writers for sharing their love for birds and butterflies!

 

Today lets read how 8 year old Agneesh Raj Banerjee from Kolkata imagines his life as a parrot.

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Agneesh goes to La Martiniere for Boys School in Kolkata. He loves to look into his atlas and see the maps of various countries. He wants to go to Russia some day. Agneesh loves reading books and his favourite authors are Enid Blyton and Ruskin Bond. He is a student of Word Munchers, Kolkata.

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My life as a pet parrot.

I am a parrot. I was born from an egg along with seven siblings. One day, when  my mother was out to get some worms, a bad bird catcher came and tried to catch us. All the other chicks escaped but I was late and he caught me, put me  in a cage and took me to the market nearby to be sold.

 

There were a lot of people in the market. There was a boy with his father. He  started pleading with his father to buy me. So he bought me and took me to their home. He named me Rostov. His father came and tied my ankle to a chain which was tied to a perch, so that I could not escape. The boy seemed very  fond of me and was joyous to have me as a pet. Every morning, when the sun would rise, I would start chirping and the boy would wake up. I would have  chilly and chickpea for breakfast.

 

Every evening, his father would come near me and start whistling in front of  me and I would try to copy him.

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When I would stare at the blue sky, I would see other birds flying in the sky.  Then one day, I had a brilliant idea. I acted dead and hung myself from the perch head down. They were worried and gave me a tap but I wasn’t responding. So they thought I was really dead and took me to the forest and dropped my body under a tree. When they turned around, I flew away searching for my nest and after a few hours of flying, I found my family. I hugged my mother and my siblings.

 

I tasted freedom for the first time. Now I am a free bird. I have no chain around  my leg. I sure liked that boy but I like my freedom more. And now, if I am lost, I  can fly around the place looking for my mother.

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that thought provoking write up? How about some some cool facts  about parrots, shared by Subhadra Devi, bird  photographer turned birder, who is now turning into a  nature enthusiast. She is a member of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF), India.
Cool Fact#1 : Your pet parrot can outlive you
In general, a bird’s lifespan tends to correlate with its size. The chirpy canary, for example, lives to around 10 years old, while the bald eagle lives up to 28 years in the wild. But parrots, a remarkably versatile order of more than 350 bird species, defy this rule of thumb, living up to roughly 80 years despite their relatively small stature—the birds weighs upto 99grams on average. 
Read more in the Smithsonian 
Cool Fact# 2:  Parrots are skilled at imitating sounds and engaging in complex social rituals
Parrots likely owe this longevity—as well as their superlative intelligence—to evolution. A new analysis of the blue-fronted Amazon parrot’s genome suggests the creatures are as genetically distant from other birds as humans  are from other primates.
Read more in the Smithsonian 
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Cool Fact #3: We have one species of parrots in India
The green birds which we see in India which we call parrots are parakeets (which is part of the parrot family) and the most common one is the Rose-ringed parakeet . We have only one species of parrot in India- Vernal Hanging Parrots and they are categorized as ‘Least Concern’ in the IUCN red list, so are Rose-ringed Parakeets.

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The vulture, is a bird that fascinates me! Poem by 15 year old Siddhant Vodela from Kolkata

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Did you know that 5th Sep’ 20 was the International  Vultures Awareness Day. Here is a very impressive poem by 15 year old Siddhant Vodela from Kolkata that will make you appreciate this magnificent but fast depleting creature.

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Siddhant Vodela is a storyteller by heart. He is passionate about writing,  poetry, filmmaking, art and animation. He also loves nature and ancient Indian history. Siddhant is a home-schooler.

 

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The vulture, is a bird that fascinates me.
A bird that in the city sky, I never see
Yet for me, it is a mythical hero and a selfless cleaner.
A bird that lurks near the remains of death
A warrior who destroys the forces of disease and contamination.

The creature that keeps the biome clean and homely
At first glance, it looks intimidating yet regal.
Its long neck is like a lean trunk of an ancient tree
Its sharp eyes are like a magnifying glass.
Its prescient instinct to detect the demise of a creature,
Makes it the predator of death.

 

The vulture is a bird that fascinates me.
A bird, whose group is defined by what they are doing in the moment.
A flock of vultures, when they are soaring through the heights of the sky.
A committee of vultures, when they are seated, introspective and observant of their surroundings.
A wake of vultures, when they are feasting on corpses, and cleansing the land.

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The vulture, is a bird that fascinates me.
The bird whose fame is not as expansive, as that of the great eagle or the peaceful  dove.
Yet it is as impactful, in the world of birds and the world of humans
The vulture is going subtly extinct. Yet it clings on, to survive and thrive.
The vulture fascinates me, because its heroic efforts keep the rest of us alive.

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Cool Fact#1 :  Vulture population is depleting rapidly in India  

“Perhaps the most dramatic decline of a wild animal in history has been taking place in India and Pakistan”Smithsonian Magazine

Of the 23 species of vultures that exist, over half of them are considered either Threatened, Endangered, or Critically Endangered as a result of human impact.

The vulture decline in India and also other countries around, have been  attributed to the veterinary use of the drug diclofenac. Vultures feed on  carcasses of animals and if that animal has been treated with diclofenac a few  days before it has died, the drug remains in the body of the dead animal and  enters the vulture. Studies have found that diclofenac is lethal for vultures and  they die in droves. In India the use of diclofenac for veterinary use was banned  from 2006 due to this. But by then more than 95% of the vultures in India  were dead. Currently there are captive breeding centres in India and Nepal where they are trying to breed vultures and release them to the wild to increase the vulture population.
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Cool Fact#2 : There are many collective nouns to address a group of vultures

As beautifully pointed out by Siddhant in his poem, Vultures are sociable  creatures and are often seen as a collective unit, but the name assigned to a  group of vultures all depends on what they are doing at that given time.Like most bird groups, vultures can be referred to as a flock, though they can also be labelled as either a venue, volt, or a committee. However, when it comes to the vulture group feeding around a carcass, they are called a wake, and when the birds are in flight formation, they are known as a kettle.

Cool Fact#3 : Vultures keep cool by urinating on themselves.‘Urohydrosis’ is a process in which an animal urinates on itself in order to cool down when temperatures reach blistering highs. However, vultures also use this technique as a means to disinfect their legs of bacteria following a feed on a rotten carcass as their urine possesses high levels of acid.

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Cool Fact#4: A major part of the vulture’s diet is bones
As well as their urine, vultures also have extremely strong acids inside their stomachs. These acids not only help the birds to fight and destroy lethal  bacteria, but also help to break down the bones of the carcasses that the birds devour, which contribute between 70-90 per cent of their overall diet.

Here is a video of a vulture dropping a bone on the rocks to get to the bone marrow which is a major part of their diet.

 

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‘Sparrows, please come back!’ by 7 year old Darshali Agarwal from Bhilwara, Rajasthan

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHey, your friend Sara here! I am amazed by the flow of your entries to our ‘Nature with Sara’ section. Thanks  to all young writers for sharing some love for birds and butterflies!

 

Today I am excited to share this earnest write up accompanied by some lovely art work by Darshali from Rajasthan. Do not miss the cool facts on sparrows that follow!
Nature with Sara sparrow stories for kids by kids Darshali Bhilwara
Darshali Agarwal is 7 years old and a student of Grade 2 student at Witty international school, Bhilwara, Rajasthan.
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I really love sparrows as they are house birds, who awake me with their  chirping.
They come all together when I spread grains for them and spread joy.
I have a soft corner for them as they are now not seen as often.
Through this artwork, I want to spread a message to save birds,  save sparrows. Nature with Sara sparrows Bookosmia
They are part of our nature’s balance and it’s beauty.
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Cool Fact#1 : House sparrows are NOT going extinct
If you live in an urban area you might feel that sparrows have disappeared from the neighbourhood and if you are a child you might have never seen one  near your house. But it is not true that sparrows are going extinct. They have  been gradually disappearing from cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi,  Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. Sparrows are seen in all other parts of the country in good numbers, so the bird is of ‘Low Conservation’ concern. A recently published report,’ State of India’s Birds’ states that the species has been ‘fairly stable’ overall, during the past 25 years and more.  According to the survey, popular theory that radiation from mobile towers is hurting the House Sparrow is not supported by any evidence.
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Cool Fact#2 : House sparrows are seen almost all over the world.
It is found throughout Northern Africa, Europe, the Americas and much of Asia and is almost certainly more abundant than humans.

Cool Fact#3: Domestic cats are one of the main predators of House sparrows.

If both sparrow parents die for some reason, the intensive begging sounds of the chicks often attract replacement parents which feed them until they can sustain themselves.
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‘Butterfly, you dear pollinator’ Poem by 8 year old Arnika Jain from Almere, Netherlands and some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! The Big Butterfly Month may be coming to an end, but we are not done yet!

Our ‘Nature with Sara’ section buzzing with butterfly stories and poems!

 

Today, 8 year old Arnika Jain from Almere , Netherlands shares this adorable poem on butterflies. #BigButterflyMonth

Read with Sara stories for kids by Arnika Jain Netherlands BookosmiaArnika loves to read chapter books because they take her to a world of imagination and adventure. Apart from building legos, she loves to draw and doing craft work. Thats why her classmates call her Artist Arnika. She dreams of having an art gallery of her own in future, like that of Van Gogh. She goes to International Primary School, Almere , Netherlands

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BUTTERFLIES

Butterflies, butterflies,
They’re very cute, what a big surprise!
Do not hurt them, just be wise.

 

Some are sleepy, some are awake,
If they’re not, then do a little shake.

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Butterfly, you dear pollinator,
Tie a knot with flowers together.

 

Hey you kids, don’t hold butterfly
Grabbing forcefully will make her shy.

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Hey, Sara here again! Did you enjoy the poem? After that beautiful poem, how about some cool facts about butterflies

Cool Fact#1 : Butterflies Live on an All-Liquid Diet

While we have all heard of how much the hungry caterpillar eats, adult butterflies can only feed on liquids—usually nectar. Their mouthparts are modified to enable them to drink, but they can’t chew solids.

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Cool Fact#2 : Butterflies Drink From Mud Puddles

A butterfly cannot live on sugar alone; it needs minerals, too. To supplement its diet of nectar, a butterfly will occasionally sip from mud puddles, which are rich in minerals and salts. This behavior is called puddling.

 

Photo credits: Subhadra Devi, a passionate birder and nature lover.
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‘The Butterfly Sisters’ Story by 5 year old Siyona from Sharjah, UAE and some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! As the Big Butterfly Month comes to an end, here is the ‘Nature with Sara’ section buzzing with a butterfly story!

 

 

5 year old Siyona from Sharjah, UAE shares this adorable story around butterflies.

Nature with Sara butterfly stories for kids by kids by Siyona UAE BookosmiaSIYONA is very creative child, loves activities such drawing, singing, story reading, and dancing. Her
imagination are high and represented from her activities, love minute clay arts.

 

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Once upon a time there were three butterflies sisters. One was yellow, one red, and one was white. Whole day they used to play and dance in my garden.

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One  day it started to rain, the butterfly sisters’ wings became wet. They decide to  go back home but the door was locked and no one was there at home. So they  had to stay out in the rain, and they became more and more wet.

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One of the sisters decided to take help of red and yellow Tulips nearby and said, “Friend Tulip, will you open your flower cup and let us in till the rain is over?”

The Tulips answered, “The red and yellow butterflies may enter, because they  are like our colours, but the white one should not come in.”

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The red and yellow butterflies did not like the answer, so they all decided to stay out in the rain. It was raining harder and harder and the poor butterfly sisters started shivering because of the cold.

 

So they went to white Lily and said, “Lily, could you please open your bud a  little so that we can enter inside as it is raining heavily.

The Lily answered, “The white butterfly may come in, but not the red and  yellow as they are of not my colour. ”

The white butterfly said, “If you do not allow my red and yellow sisters inside, then I will stay out in the rain with them. ”

 

So they all stayed out in the rain.

 

But the sun who was behind the cloud heard it all, and he knew how the three sisters were together in spite of getting wet. So he pushed his face through  the clouds and chased away the rain. Soon it was bright everywhere.

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He dried the wings of the three butterflies and warmed their bodies. The three sisters were very happy and started to dance. They forgot the pain and danced with flowers the whole day. They happily went back home and found the door  was wide open.

Good times or bad, the butterflies stayed together!

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that meaningful story? After that beautiful write up, how about some some cool facts.

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Cool Fact#1 : Butterflies hide when it rains.

They usually go to the same places they do for the night. Some butterflies hide under large leaves, some crawl down into dense leaves or under rocks, and some just sit head down on grass stems or bushes with wings held tightly. If the rains are exceptionally hard or of long duration many of the butterflies become tattered or die.

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Cool Fact#2 : Butterfly wings are delicate.

Butterfly and moth wings are made of thin layers of chitin, the same hardened protein that makes up their outside body. They are also covered with thousands of tiny scales that lend color to the wings. The wings are strengthened by a system of veins. The wings have to be strong enough to support the body in the air, but still flexible enough for flight movements.

Photo credits: Subhadra Devi, a passionate birder and nature lover.
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‘Butterfly, oh butterfly’ Poem by 9 year old Aashritha from Bangalore and some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Weekends mean its time to enjoy nature. If not physically, through the wonderful write ups and cool facts in our ‘Nature with Sara ‘section !

Did you know that In India, the month of  September ‘20 has been dedicated to one of the most loved, beautiful, and colourful winged wonders—butterflies?

So, here is a wonderful poem by  Aashritha Surya Prakash on the charming butterflies. #BigButterflyMonth

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Aashritha is a 4 grade student studying in Vidya Niketan School, Bangalore. from reading and writing, she loves DIY crafts and classical dancing.  She thoroughly enjoys her creative writing classes at Talespin

 

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Butterfly , oh butterfly!

Oh Nature’s enticing mysteries,
Butterfly , oh butterfly !
Are you from another world ?
Where flowers grow ,
In all their glow,
Without withering at all ?

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You fly so light
In the sky ,
Without a single flaw ,
You drink nectar
And survive,
Without any food at all?

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Butterfly , oh butterfly!
Where do you get those patterns ?
Do fairies paint you
In the night,
Or in the deep dark wood ?
No, not at all
But you thought so, of course you would.

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The truth is
The great god painted us
Each of us differs
In our own way!

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy the poem? After that beautiful write up, how about some some cool facts by passionate birder, Subhadra Devi!

Cool Fact#1 : Butterflies taste with their feet

Butterflies have taste buds (just like our tongue, but stronger) on their feet. They use it for testing for toxins on the plant before they would lay their eggs.

 

Cool Fact#2:  There are around 1400 species of butterflies in India!

India is one of the 17 ‘megadiverse’ countries of the world, with so many species.A lot of these species are endemic to India, which means they can be seen only in India!

 

Cool Fact #3: Butterflies have different colour and pattern through tiny scales

The colours and patterns on butterfly wings are made up of tiny scales on them. Some butterflies’ wings reflect light, creating the shiny effect on their wings.

Photo credits: Subhadra Devi

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‘Bees’- An adorable poem by 8 year old Sara Gupta from Lucknow and some cool facts!

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Weekends mean its time to enjoy nature. If not physically, through the wonderful write ups and cool facts in our ‘Nature with Sara ‘section !

 

 

Keep  those lovely entries coming in. Today I am sharing this adorable poem by my namesake, 8 year old Sara Gupta from Lucknow.

Nature with Sara Gupta Lucknow BookosmiaSara is a curious child with a very good imagination.  She loves to write, bake and paint.

Sara is a lovely abstract art painter with a great sense of colour combinations.She loves the water and is a good swimmer.

Sara Gupta goes to Kunskapsskolan, Lucknow and is a student of Jabberwocky-Speech and Drama.

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Bees make their home
On the trees,
And they can
Fly over the seas.

 

They suck on flower piles
And have huge hives.
Their skin colour is yellow and black
And have wings that quickly flap.

 

Bees make honey
And people buy it with money,
Never ever let a bee sting
Or you will jump like a spring!

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy the poem? After that beautiful write up, how about some some cool facts about bees!
Cool Fact#1 : Bees are the only insects that produce food for humans
Bees are unique social insects and probably one of the best known insects in the world. It performs a vital role in the pollination of flowering plants, including crops and vegetables in the forests.
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Cool Fact#2 : A bee produces a teaspoon of honey (about 5 grams) in her lifetime.

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Cool Fact#3 : A honey bee dies after stinging humans

A honeybee’s stinger is made of two barbed lancets. When the bee stings, it can’t pull the stinger back out. It leaves behind not only the stinger but also part of its digestive tract, plus muscles and nerves. This massive abdominal rupture is what kills the bee.

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Owls are Fascinating Creatures: A wonderful poem by 9 year old Sanvi from Kolkata and some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHey, your friend Sara here! I am amazed by the flow of your entries for our recently launched ‘Nature with Sara’ section, kicking off with birds that fascinate us.

 

 

Today, I am happy to share this lovely poem along with a lovely artwork, by 9 year old Sanvi Atul Sharma from Kolkata. And do not miss the cool facts which follow later.

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Sanvi is a 9 year old poet from Modern High School For Girls, Kolkata. Her hobbies are reading, singing and drawing.

 

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Read with Sara Fascinating bird Owl poem by kid Bookosmia

Owls are fascinating creatures,
With the most amazing features,
They fly without making any noise,
And are just so full of poise.

They say owls are wise,
They even improvise,
This bird has great judgement,
And are abundant.

Owls’ necks are flexible,
And they are very respectable.
This bird is Goddess Laxmi’s steed,
How sweet!

Owls would make wonderful pets,
I really want one, let’s!
Flying in the night sky,
Owls are saying goodbye.
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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy the poem? After that beautiful write up, how about some some cool facts about peacocks, acknowledged by Subhadra Devi, a passionate birder.
Cool Fact#1 : Owls are considered very intelligent. Is it true?  

Owls have very small brains proportionate to their body size, and they are less trainable than crows, hawks, parrots or pigeons. In fact, most owls can’t be trained to do simple tasks.

However, some types of owl do have complex behaviours. The little owl uses stashed meat to grow maggots for food in a way that other birds of prey don’t, for example. Its cousin, the burrowing owl, will take dung into its burrow and cultivate dung beetles.

Ref: https://www.newscientist.com/lastword/mg24532641-300-twit-or-true-are-owls-really-intelligent/#ixzz6WxPpttKb

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Cool Fact#2 : What enables Owl to be nocturnal creatures?

Owls have extremely good night vision. This is enabled by their large, tube-shaped eyes that contain many more rods than human eyes, which allow them to be more sensitive to light. Their irises widen to allow more light to reach their retina at night. Because the iris adjusts, owls can also see during the day (unlike other nocturnal animals that can only see well at night), but their vision is slightly blurry and they cannot see colors well.

Some more fun facts:
A group of owls is called a parliament.
Owls can turn their heads almost all the way around.

Unlike most birds, owls make virtually no noise when they fly.

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Owls swallow their prey whole and regurgitate the parts that can’t be digested as pellets. If you find a spot where owls roost, you can find these pellets below that spot. You can dissect these pellets to find what the owl had eaten.

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‘Bird Friends’ by 8 year old Shifa Zahra Touseef from Lucknow +Cool Facts #NatureWithSara

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHey friends, Sara here!

Lock down doesnt mean locked in fully! The birds, plants, trees, wind et al are all there, waiting for us.

 

So in this beautiful section, I will share everything that kids write to me about  nature.

Read with Sara stories for kids by young writer Shifa Lucknow Bookosmia

Remember the phrase,’ birds of a feather, flock together?’ Today, 8 year old Shifa Zahra Touseef from Lucknow shares a beautiful story on a similar theme, followeded by some cool facts on actual bird behaviour.

 

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Have you ever seen birds making friends with other birds?

Have you ever seen a bird rescue a bird ?

No? Well I have.

This story is quite unbelievable, but it is true. I was five and I regularly went to  the park. One day I noticed 2 birds sitting on a branch and singing. I had never seen birds singing together. As they finished, I started clapping happily. As a reward, I gave them breadcrumbs that were in my pocket.

 

After that, I went there daily. These two birds would sing and I would feed  them. Over time we became friends. In my neighborhood there was a  competition named ‘Best Bird’ Competition. It sounded silly to me.

Here is what was to happen in the contest-

‘You need to capture a beautiful bird. The owner of the best bird is the winner.’

Many people were trying to get my little friends. Poor things!

Finally my neighbor Mr. Glegg managed to catch one of my friends. The other one went free but it did not leave. It wanted to hurt Mr. Glegg so he would set its friend free.

 

The little bird failed. It looked at me for help. I nodded and smiled and went to  Mr. Glegg and said, “ Er… Mr. Glegg that bird is…. Er… my pet!”

Mr. Glegg thought for 5 minutes and guess what? He set the bird free!

The bird went to its friend when everybody went away and started to sing.

 

One week later I went to Dubai and stayed there for five years, before coming back. One day while I was sitting in the park, I noticed two beautiful birds  staring at me as if I were yummy food. Suddenly as a flash it came to me.

Who were they? The birds I had helped all those years ago?

I smiled at them.

They started singing my favorite tune.

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that lovely story? And now its time for some cool facts about birds and their behaviour, shared by Subhadra Devi, a passionate birder.

Cool Fact#1: 

Do birds make friends with other birds?

A study shows that many species of birds are quite friendly with others of  their species and even other species.  Some types of chickadees and  titmouse have been known to let other birds know when they discover a well-stocked feeder, rather than keeping all the food to themselves.

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Cool Fact#2: 

Do birds watch out for other birds?

Geese are flock birds but studying them will show that when everyone is  feeding, there will always be one or two with their heads up, watching for trouble.  These guard geese are watching over their friends while they eat and then will take their turn while someone else stands watch.

Source– https://thefinchweekly.com/study-shows-birds-like-nest-near-friends/

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‘Peacocks fascinate me’, by 9 year old Nandini from Delhi and some cool facts

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Hey friends, Sara here!Lock down doesnt mean locked in fully! The birds,  plants, trees, wind et al are all there, waiting for us. So in this beautiful section, I will share everything that kids write to me about nature.

 

Today 9 year old Nandini Maheshwari from Delhi shares this beautiful and mature piece of writing on her favourite Peacock.

Read with Sara Nandini peacock story for kids, by kids Bookosmia

Nandidi is a kid full of life and enthusiasm.She gets joy from the smallest things of life.

 

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The bird that fascinates me is the King of all birds- Peacock .It is India’s National bird which brings pride to our nation because of its mesmerizing  beauty.

 

A peacock feather is one of Krishna’s important symbols,adorning his head.

Its feathers are also used in pooja.

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Peacock fascinates me because…it has feathers that are simply divine. The  feathers of peacock are also very soft and colourful. When it rains they do a wonderful  rain dance. But still many times they are hunted for their feathers…which is bad.

They should also not be hunted because they are a big help to farmers.As they eat snakes and insects etc.
So we should SAVE PEACOCKS!  Which is the right thing to do.

 

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy the poem? After that beautiful write up, how about some some cool facts about peacocks, acknowledged by Subhadra Devi, a passionate birder. Since Nandini’s write up mainly focused on the  feathers, so will our facts 🙂

 

Cool Fact#1:

Nandini rightly spoke of  how peacocks are hunted for their feathers. While we all love the beautiful feathers that make this bird stand out, we must not look to buy or sell the feathers, which may lead hunters to hurt these birds.

Cool Fact #2

Peacocks can fly, even with their massive tail feathers, that can reach up to six feet long and make up about 60 percent of its body length. Despite these odd  proportions, the bird flies just fine, if not very far.

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Cool Fact #3

What makes the peacock’s feathers so brilliant? Microscopic “crystal-like structures” that reflect different wavelengths of light depending on how they’re spaced, resulting in bright fluorescent colors. Hummingbirds and shimmering butterflies have mastered a similar visual effect on their own wings.

 

Cool Facts #2 and #3 Credits- Mental Floss https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/62371/9-feathery-facts-about-peacocks

 

Cuckoo- A bird that fascinates me’ by 10 year old Pratham H Shenoy from EPS Mysore+ some cool facts #NatureWithSara

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHey, your friend Sara here! I am amazed by the flow of your entries for our recently launched ‘Nature with Sara’ section, kicking off with birds that fascinate us.

 

 

Today, I am happy to share this touching essay by 10 year old Pratham H Shenoy from EPS Mysore.

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Dont miss this beautiful coming together of a cuckoo bird, a child’s empathy and a wonderful lesson from his grandma.

 

 

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One day, when I was cycling on the road near my house, I saw a baby bird with a watchman. I recognized the watchman, he looks after a hostel in front of my house.
He called me and he told me that the baby bird is wounded and it is dying. I  asked him if I could take it to my house and give some water to it.
I love animals and birds so I quickly took it and put it in my cycle basket and  went to my house. I asked my grandparents to help me out to save the bird. I  put it in a small box and gave it food and water.
I then had to go attend my painting class. Throughout my painting class, I couldn’t stop thinking about the baby bird.
Read with Sara cuckoo story for kids by kids Pratham Mysore Bookosmia
After an hour, I came back running and asked my grandmother how the bird was doing. My grandmother told me that the baby bird was wounded, it tried to fly a few times but it fell down every time. I felt very bad for the baby bird.
My  grandmother also said never give up.
We kept the bird for a few more days and gave it food and water everyday. I  learnt that it was a baby cuckoo. On the fifth day, we suddenly noticed that the  bird was able to fly better. We let it out to fly and it flew away.. to its mother..  Hope that the baby bird is a big and strong bird today.
Please help birds and animals.
Key message- Never give up and please help the birds and animals.

 

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that lovely essay? And now its time for some cool facts about Cuckoo birds, shared by Subhadra Devi, a passionate birder.
Cool Fact#1:
Cuckoo bird and its eggs- 10 year old Pratham adorably hopes in his essay that the cuckoo bird grew strong and flew back to its mom. But here is some cool facts about the Cuckoo bird and how it lays its eggs-
There are many species of birds in the cuckoo family in India. Asian Koel is one of them.  Asian Koels are ‘brood parasites,’ a terms that refers to animals  which use other species to raise their chicks. There are birds, insects and even fish that are brood parasites. Asian Koels are seen using Crows (House crow and Large-billed Crow) nests for laying their eggs. These crows then feed and  bring up the Koel chick along with their own chicks.
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Asian Koel Female (L) and Male (R)
Picture Courtesy- Subhadra Devi
Cuckoo sound-
Asian Koel calls sound like ko-oh, ko-oh. Common Cuckoo is also from the cuckoo family but is not the same as Asian Koel. Common cuckoo male calls cu-ckoo, cu-ckoo.
Cuckoo clocks-
Today, the cuckoo clock is one of the favourite souvenirs of travelers in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. It has become a cultural icon of Germany.

‘Peacocks’ a poem by 7 year old Ayraa Shriwardhankar from Mumbai+ some cool facts #NatureWithSara with Sara

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Hey friends, Sara here!Lock down doesnt mean locked in fully! The birds, plants, trees, wind et al are all there, waiting for us.
So in this beautiful section, I will share everything that kids write to me about nature.
Read with Sara stories for kids by young writers Ayraa Mumbai Bookosmia
Freshly turned 7 year old, Ayraa Shriwardhankar from Mumbai sends in this lovely poem, as lovely as the Peacock itself. Read for yourself.
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Poem- Peacocks
Peacocks are pretty as a queen,
Royal green, blue and brown.
When they opens their feathers,
They have a crown.
Peacock is the national bird of India.
I love the way it opens the feather and dances when happy.
Birds are beautiful but peacocks fascinate me the most.
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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy the poem? After that beautiful poem, how about some some cool facts about peacocks, shared by Subhadra Devi, a passionate birder.
Cool Fact#1:
‘The Peacock looked lovely like a queen,’ says Ayraa in the poem. How beautiful! But did you know that Peacocks are all male and considered more attractive than the female.

Earlier called Common peafowl, this bird’s name has been changed to Indian  peafowl to show the country of origin. The female and male Indian peafowls are usually called ‘peacocks’ and ‘peahens.’ 

The adult female is smaller than the adult male and has a shorter tail, an iridescent green neck, and browner plumage and lacks the sweeping train.

Nature with Sara Peacock and Peahen Bookosmia

 

Cool Fact #2

The male Indian Peafowl is the one  we would see dancing.

The dance is by the male to attract females for mating.

 

Cool Fact #3

A lot of Indian peafowls have been transported to other places of the world for their beautiful plumage and these birds have established populations in places like the US, Hawaiian islands, South Africa, Japan, New Caledonia, New Zealand, and Australia.

Wow, thats really cool, right? If you have any questions to ask or your own writing or artwork on a favourite bird, I will be waiting for you at sara@bookosmia.com. Adios.