The Birds of Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশের পাখি)
Introduction: Bangladesh is an ideal home for various kinds of birds. We do not know even the names of all birds. It is the asset of our natural beauty. It is said that the people of Bangladesh get up from bed early in the morning by the sweet chirping of birds.
A great variety of birds: They are various types of birds living near our houses, in woods, marshy lands, and hills. They are different in color, size, and habit. Their food also is different. Some are big and some are small. Some are beautiful and some are ugly. Some are sweet-tongued and some are harsh.
Teasing Bird/The Cunning Crow: Of all birds, the Crow is the most familiar. It is a teasing bird. It is a cunning bird. It is black. It enters our rooms and steals odd things. It feeds on dead animals and many rotten and dirty things.
Songbirds: The Cuckoo is the most popular songbird in our country. It visits us in spring. It is also called the harbinger of spring. It amuses us with its sweet and melodious song during spring.
Talking birds: The Mayana and the Parrot can speak like men if trained. So they are called talking birds. Many people keep the young. The Mayana and the Parrot were in their home and trained them to speak. After being trained they can speak.
Game birds: The Dove, The Pigeon, the Snipe, the Heron, and the Pankauri are well-known game birds. They are famous for their flesh.
Plundering birds: The Kite, the Kawk, and some other birds have keen eyes and sharp nails. They swoop down upon their prey and carry it away. So they are called plundering birds.
Migratory birds: Many foreign birds come to Bangladesh during the autumn and winter from the western countries. After winter they return from Bangladesh. They are called migratory birds.
Domestic birds: The Pigeon, the Hen, the Duck, and the Goose are domestic birds. We bring them up for flesh and eggs. They live near our houses. We eat their flesh. They meet up our demand for meat.
Some other common birds: They are some other common birds. The Tun Tuni, the Babui, and the Swallow are called tailor birds because they show great skill in weaving their nests. The vulture is a big bird, but it is ugly in looks and habits. The owl is fierce looking but it is harmless. It never comes out in broad daylight and prowls only at night.
Usefulness: Birds are part and parcel of our nature. They increase the beauty of nature and keep the balance of our environment. Some birds live on worms and insects. In this way, birds help us destroy the worm and insects. We also eat the flesh of some birds.
Conclusion: Birds are wonderful gifts of nature. They are useful to us in many ways. We also eat the flesh eggs of some kinds of birds. But nowadays some dishonest men are killing birds. We must protect them.