In Thanjavur, an exhibition of native rooster breeds aims to create awareness to protect and save these dwindling species
The Kili Mooku (parrot beak) and Visiri Vaal (fan tail) are among the 100 roosters that were showcased at an exhibition in Ammapettai, Thanjavur.
“Many people in Tamil Nadu have been organising such exhibitions to showcase the importance of saving these types of roosters as they are in the danger of extinction,” said Vishwanathan, the organiser of the event. “And through this exhibition many people will come forward to breed these types of roosters in order to restore the Tamil tradition.”
These roosters arrived from different parts of the state including Trichy, Madurai, Sivaganaga and Dindigul.
Five each from the Kili Mooku and Vaal Visiri varieties were selected and their owners were awarded with LED TVs and Android mobiles respectively.
“These types of roosters are not trained to fight. They were grown by our ancestors for their beauty,” added Viswanathan.
“These roosters cost anywhere between Rs 5000 to Rs 2 lakh. Hens in this breed range from Rs 2000 to Rs 1 lakh,” he said.