A rehabilitation that is home to around 2100 colourful birds of 468 different species in Mysuru, has made it to the Guinness World Records for hosting maximum number of bird species in an aviary.
Shuka Vana or Parrot Park that established in 2012 by seer Dr Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji, is situated in the serene premises of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashrama, located in the picturesque foothills of Chamundi Hill.
This is the home to numerous rare and colourful species of parrots from all over the world.
Swamiji says, “When we see the smile of another individual, we respond with a smile. By doing so we recognize and acknowledge the sameness of species irrespective of difference of the language, culture, or ethnicity. But we do not do the same with animals, birds, reptiles, or insects. A parrot, on the other hand, naturally identifies with and shares the expressions of all those whom it notices around it, regardless of species. It empathizes with everyone and everything that it comes in contact with, and blends its voice with theirs. It makes no distinction, be it a speaking or coughing human, a meowing cat, a mooing cow, a barking dog, a ringing telephone, a beating hammer, a slamming car door, or a beeping electronic gadget. Anything that makes a movement or a sound attracts a parrot’s attention and it mimics the sound and sometimes the movement with as much accuracy as its capacity will allow.”
“The parrot’s talent for reproducing human speech and songs arises out of this empathy and inclusiveness, granting it the required level of concentration to grasp the nuances of sound. Because it ignores the differences, a parrot is not intimidated at the magnitude of the task of learning to speak different tongues or repeating the sounds made by different objects,” adds Swamiji.
Shuka Vana gives shelter to injured and abandoned birds as well. Swamiji has resolved to take care of physically challenged birds that do not receive proper care from their owners who have lost interest in them.
According to the rehabilitation centre, birds are vital to the existence of the human race and that their alarmingly diminishing numbers in recent times do not bode well. “I urge the halting of practices such as deforestation and consumerism. I appeal for a better informed, sensitive, reverential, and friendly treatment of birds,” says Swamiji.