Birds have significant roles in the Ramayana. The epic progresses because of birds at crucial moments, such as the abduction of Sita by Ravana. Jatayu, Sampati and Garuda are vital for our receiving the Ramayana as it is now available to us. Were the two vulture-brothers,Sampati and Jatayu indeed vultures? Or, were they a superior race of warriors who had vultures as their totems? Krauncha, the crane in distress at the death of its beloved companion, provides the reason for the Ramayana being written. What is regarded as the first Ramayana is the rendition of the Ramayana by Kakabhushundi the sage-crow.The natural history of these five birds, Kakabhushundi, Krauncha,Jatayu, Sampati and Garuda is enlarged by their presence and roles within the Ramayana. Discover their stories anew with this collection of essays about the Birds of the Ramayana.