Small minivetā€”I am referring to a cute birdie, not a miniature vet šŸ˜

You’d know, of course, thatĀ in most bird species the males are the colourful lot. Well, thisĀ post is all about the “small minivet,” a ‘passerine’ variety, capable of perchingā€”having three toes pointing front and one pointing back.

Just cast your eyes on how beautifully our heroĀ stands, framed amidstĀ neem blossoms. After spotting him on this tree (in our farm at Chennai), I hurriedly climbedĀ a nearby terrace to get a better view.

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In the following picture, he looks straight into my camera.

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And here he is lost in thoughtā€”or in observing his mate.

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Here is the heroine! She might look a plain Jane to some, but to him, she must beĀ special, right? She is wedged in a shady nook, away from the searing summer heat.

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