As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Long-extinct elephant bird comes alive in book

Arefa Tehsin’s book ‘The Elephant Bird’ is about a young and brave girl Munia in a village called Adhania in India who befriends such a bird, whose species were believed to have wiped out due to increase of human settlements on the island and cutting down of forests.

Elephant Bird
The pictorial book, having traditional Gond art and illustrations, is published by Pratham under its 'Read India' movement in six languages including Hindu, Kannada, Marathi and English. The illustrations are by Sonal Goyal and Sumit Sakhuja.

The book begins with the disappearance of Vayu, one of the two horses in the village who pull carts. And everyone believes it is the elephant bird, only of its species living in Adhania, who has eaten the horse.

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