1. Sarus is the largest bird found in India, being almost as tall as an average sized person. It is also the biggest flying bird in the world. Sarus usually move about in pairs. When they are with the young ones; they may be seen in groups of three to four. In summer, four or five of them may group together, especially near water bodies.
2. The featherless head of the Sarus is ash-coloured. The upper portion of the neck is red. The legs are pink and the beak is coloured slightly with green. The rest of the body is grey. The neck, legs and beak are long. When the wings are closed, their feathers hang over the tail. The male and female Sarus are alike. Sarus is one of the few birds in India which tradition does not allow to be killed. The male and female have great affection for one another. Once they have paired, they stay together for a lifetime.
3. The Sarus is not a shy bird. It lives on the ground itself to get its food – mainly water plants, grain, frogs and other living things. It builds nests too on the ground. Its voice is loud and ringing but at the same time sweet and pleasant to hear. Its flight is slow with methodical, uniform wing beats. Generally it does not fly very high from the ground. With the rains, the breeding season of the Sarus begins.
On the basis of your reading of the passage, choose the correct option:
Q. Give the synonyms of:
(i) love (Para 2)