Indian literary animals are not all inarticulate. On the syllabus for the Senior Cambridge exam, 40 years ago, there was a poem which began :
"Koo koo karti
Yeh dekho hai
I can recite the rest, but will give it a miss, the point being that Koyals say "Koo Koo", sticking to this double-syllable rule.
India was indeed a land of speaking animals. Aesop, a Johnny-come-lately, wrote his fables in 600 BC, whereas The Panchatantra's verbose beasties draw on tales from 1500 BC. Its lions, wolves and monkeys become models...