Tuesday, April 21, 2015



 To this photograph, I add  Kashmiri names of some common birds of Kashmir.

  Names of some common birds seen in the Kashmir valley.

1 Summer Swallow is Kattiej in Kashmiri.

2 Golden Oriole is Poshnool in Kashmiri.

3 Partridge or Chikkor is Kakuv in Kashmir.

4 Pigeon is Kottur in Kashmiri.

4 Crow is Kaaw in Kashmiri. The Mountain or Jungle crow is called Divva Kaav while another wild variety of crow that feeds on carcasses and is slightly bigger in size is known as Paantcheil Kaav. This wild variety is seen in higher reaches of Pir Pantsaal hills.

5 Sparrow is Tchaer in Kashmiri.

6 Blue Heron is Braeg in Kashmiri.

7 Mynah is Haae’r in Kashmiri.

8 The grey Goose is Anz in Kashmiri.

9 Common Teal is Keuss in Kashmiri. I believe the nickname Kissu is derived from this bird. It is a migratory bird that arrives in Kashmir in late August and stays in the valley till April. The bird is seen around lakes and water ponds.

10 Scavenger Vulture is Graedh in Kashmiri.

11 Common Pariah Kite ( family Eagle ) is Gaa’nth in Kashmiri. This bird picks up young chickens or kokurpoot. A  cry was often heard ,"Gaa'nt. haa aayi .kokur tchhunuk murris"  or "There flies down an eagle put the chicken inside the safe place."

12 Cuckoo is Shahkuk in Kashmiri.

13 Kingfisher is Koll-toonch in Kashmiri. This bird is seen around lakes and water ponds . One can see many in Dal lake during summers.

14 Parrot is Tota in Kashmiri.

15 Indian Sky Lark is Dedhar in Kashmiri.

16 Ground Thrush is Kumier in Kashmiri A Common singing Bird seen near Chinar trees and gardens. The bird feeds on worms on the ground.

17 Bulbul is Bil-bichur in Kashmiri.

18 Hoopoe is Satut in Kashmiri.Bumsin zaani satut sinz toff or only an earthworm knows the sting of a Hoopoe. This bird has a long bill. It is colourful with a crown-like feather on its head and white spots on its body.

19 Owl is Raat -Mogul in Kashmiri.

20 Turtle Dove is Wunkukil in Kashmiri.

21 Little Grebe is Pin'ditchh in Kashmiri. A water bird found in lakes. So many in Dal lake during the summer season Th bird feeds on small fish and insects.

22 Bat is Raata-Kreal in Kashmiri.

23 Tickell's Laughing Thrush is Kastur in Kashmiri. Kastur finds mention in ' Valai Kastooriye ', the most popular Kashmiri song of poet Rasool Mir.

24 Rudy breasted crake is Gill in Kashmiri. It is like a house sparrow and black in colour. Mostly seen around paddy fields. After harvest, it flies away from paddy fields.

25 Dove or Eurasian collared is Kukil in Kashmiri.

26 Streaked Laughing Thrush is Sheen -pipin in Kashmiri.

27 Mallard is Nillij in Kashmiri.

28 Himalayan Monal is Van-kokur in Kashmiri.

29 Parakeet is Shoga in Kashmiri. This bird feeds on unripe fruits in orchards of Kashmir

30 Pintail is Pachhin in Kashmiri. This bird looks like a duck but can fly with good speed. It is a a migratory bird that comes to wetlands of Kashmir during Siberian  winters

31 Thrush ( Blue whistling ) is known as Hazaar-dastaan in Kashmiri

32 Warbler is Viri-tiriv in Kashmiri

33 Common Tarling is Tsini -hangur in Kashmiri

 ( Avtar Mota )

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