…religious rites were being carried out for the funeral of this senior monk when a bird whose coloring is “remarkably similar” to monk robes – with a yellow torso, ombred into yellowish red towards the bottom, black and white wings, and yellow and black tail – flew into the temple and rested on the chairs in the funeral service.
After the service, Mr. Anusorn said, the bird flew into the chapel and flew around in circles 2-3 times, then rested on the wall and the top tiers of the Buddha statue, scanning the attendees of the funeral service with its black eyes.
During that time, the religious rites were taking place and many important officials of the village was among the attendees. One of the attendees suggested the bird might want to drink coffee. So, coffee was given to the bird. After the service, many people came over to look at and touch the bird. The bird then flew to the flower arrangements near the portrait of the deceased monk.
Attendees gathered to ask the bird whether it was, indeed, Phrakru Boonchuay.
Mr. Jon Kaewsook, headman of Nai Fai and a friend of Phrakru Boonchuay, challenged the bird, saying “If this bird is really Phrakru Boonchuay, then pirch on my arm.” Then, the bird jumped onto his arm immediately.