Consider the following statements of Indra from Mahabharata

Assuming then the shape of a Brahmana, Sakra descended on the Earth and addressing the bird, said,--O Suka, O best of birds, the grand-daughter (Suki) of Daksha has become blessed (by having thee as her offspring).

[Section 5, Anusasanika Parva, The Mahabharata]

Who is Daksha in this context and what is his family tree?

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    This should be same Daksha prajapti..he was Shuki's maternal grand father..but Daksha appointment all his daughters as putrika as he didn't have son so may be he can be called Shuki's grandfather also..
    – YDS
    Sep 30, 2020 at 10:56
  • @YDS Do you mean the father of Sati?
    – hanugm
    Sep 30, 2020 at 10:57
  • Yes.... @hanugm
    – YDS
    Feb 13, 2021 at 17:04

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Daksha Prajapati's daughter Taamra was married to Kashyapa. Shuki was name of one of the daughters of Taamra. Śukī gave birth to parrots.

As Indra was talking to a "Suka" i.e. parrot whose origin is from Daksha > Taamra > Śukī, he referred same Daksha Prajapati.

Daksha was son of Lord Brahma in Svaymbhu Manvanra. Later in Vaivaswata Manvantra (or at the end of Chakshusa Manvantra), he incarnated as son of Prachetas (10 collective sons of Prācīnabarhis in King Prathu's lineage) and in this incarnation also his name was Daksha and he became Prajapati too.

Reference: Shiva Purana: Umā-Saṃhitā: Chapter 30 to Chapter 32.

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