The story of a wise bird who, seeing a farmer trying to catch him, avoided him till the farmer was quite exasperated. In the end the farmer camouflaged himself like a tree, but the bird laughed in his face.

The story was related in reference to a monk, a fellow-celibate of Sāriputta. This monk was very careful about his body, and earned the reputation of a dandy. The bird is identified with the monk (J.ii.161f).

This story bears some resemblance to the second Sakuntaka Jātaka in the Mahāvastu, particularly to the latter part of it. v.l. Kukkura.


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