‘Get away,’ Arun’s mother pushed open the door with a broom in her hand. Unknowingly it hit hard on Arun’s shoulder.
‘Ma,’ Arun shouted loudly. ‘What are you doing?’
‘These rats are always a trouble’. His mother replied him without any reaction.
The moment the broom touched Arun’s shoulder, Neena moved away from Arun. She dissolved quickly in the air and reached the huge tree at the corner of the street. She never expected such a thing to happen.
Arun came out of the shock with a jerk.
The shrill kik-kik-kik call of the female koel was heard from the tree that stood at the corner of the garden. The repeated koo-Ooo song of the male koel came back as a reply from the tree in the next street. These range of calls reminded the beginning of the breeding season and these distinct calls woke up everyone in the early morning. The Asian koel birds become very vocal during their breeding season. The two syllables are repeated in rapid series, increasing in pitch.
The love song of the koel birds woke up Arun. Once he even recorded the song in his mobile and it was a perfect recital of a love song without any flaw. Sometimes, when they sing for hours together, Arun always wondered if the continuous singing would parch their throats and left them dry.
Indian koel bird is also called as the nightingale of India. The Asian koel has a long tail that measures 45 cm in length. The male koel is bluish black in color and the female koel has a brown colored upper body and white colored lower body. Even though the love song of the koel birds are loud and distinct reaching longer distances, Arun never had the chance to see a male or a female koel bird. These birds always sang beautifully hidden behind the thick leaves and branches of big trees. The loud duet would shift from one place to another and no one could easily get a glimpse of the bird.
During the courtship, the koel birds would look very vocal and excited. If an excited male would spot a female, both would start quick chases among the long branches of trees. For more than nine months, the Asian koel would rarely been seen or heard singing. Only during the breeding season these birds would sing their hearts out and search their soul mates.
The love duet of the koel birds set the mood for the day. With a brimming smile, Arun woke up from the bed and went to brush his teeth.
With the wedding date nearing, as a young bridegroom he must feel excited. Till then he did not show any excitement, but the love duet of the koel birds reminded him that he would get married soon and would enjoy the company of his young bride.