When Chandrika calls....parrots, hornbill, sparrows come for food
Thrissur: When Olari native Chandrika starts calling, quite a number of parrots, hornbill, sparrows and cuckoos flock to her house compound. Chandrika calls the birds by pet names and never fails to serve food for them every day.
This feast of love has been continuing for about ten years. The birds camp at a tree close to Chandrika’s house. Different types of birds arrive peacefully for the food offered by Chandrika twice every day. She offers them half-boiled rice and banana.
Chandrika started this habit while taking care of an injured parrot. She gave food to all parrots along with the injured one. When she found hornbill struggling to eat rice, she gave it banana. The birds love to eat from Chandrika’s hands.
Even after she befriended birds, Chandrika kept it a secret fearing people would disturb her darling birds. But now friends offer her rice and banana for free or at low price. First she fed the birds out of curiosity but later it became a habit. She calls the birds at 6 in the morning and five in the evening every day. She also never forgets to provide them water.
“When we started getting better facilities, these birds lost their habitats. So, it is our responsibility to take care of them,” Chandrika said. She is working as section officer in Agricultural University in Mannuthy. When she comes late from office, her daughter Keerthana, a BEd student, takes up the responsibility. Chandrika’s husband Unnikrishnan is junior engineer at BSNL office in Olari.