Winter is almost here. Nature is now a blanket of fog. The autumn season has brought such a sweet mood of mild winter. This autumn brings the message of winter for the first time in the seasons. As if nature has become more wonderful. Especially in the morning the fog covers the grass or the leaves of the trees.
This is a great time to talk about migratory birds. At this time they become guests from one place to another, from one end to the other or from one country to another. In order to survive in such a cold environment, various species of migratory birds have already started coming to different wetlands of Bangladesh. Among them, the beach bird ‘Metematha-TT’ is one of them.
They can be seen spending their busy time on the shores of Baikkabil. The young leaves of aquatic plants, aquatic insects are able to catch and eat this migratory nature. It flies from one place to another as soon as it receives a human presence or danger signal. This ‘metematha-tt’ is also called ‘gray tt’. Their characteristic feature is to walk in the light mud adjacent to the wetlands, walking back and forth in search of delicious food.
Renowned bird researcher and founder of Bangladesh Bird Club Inam Al Haq said that the English name of this bird is Gray-headed Lapwing and the scientific name is Vanellus cinereus. We named it Metematha TT in Bengali. These are medium-sized beach birds. They walk in groups and make noise. In a word, they are yellow-legged brown aquatic birds.
About the physical characteristics of the bird, he said, each bird is 36 cm in size and 264 grams. Its legs are long and yellow. The head is gray. The neck and back are brown. The eyes are red. Their lips are small. The back of the adult bird is brown. Some parts of the lower part of the body are white. The head, neck, neck and upper part of the chest are gray. Boy and girl birds look identical.
About their nature and food list, the bird-researcher said, Metematha TT roams in fallow lands, paddy fields, damp pastures and crop fields. Usually there are 5 to 50 flocks of birds. They collect food by walking on grasslands, fields and fields. Their food list includes insects, earthworms and snails.
This bird is found in the wetlands of our country in winter. They also have a global reach in Asia, including India, Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, said Inam Al Haq.