Scientific Name: Eudynamys scolopaceus
Common Name: Cuckoo, Koel (Hindi), Kokila (Sanskrit)
Distribution: Throughout India
Conservation Status: Least Concern

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In Religion and Mythology​

The cuckoo is a symbol of fertility, fun and good times.

The bird is the vehicle of Jayakara, the companion of Kamadeva, god of love, an Indian Cupid.

The cuckoo is sacred to the Lepchas of Sikkim, whose agricultural calendar is decided by the cuckoo.

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