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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bird found in Sri lanka

The abundance of Sri Lanka's bird life makes it an ornithologist's paradise. Of the 431 recorded species 251 are resident and no less than 26 are endemic to the island. Most of the endemic birds are restricted to the wet zone,

e.g. the Ceylon Grackle or to the hill country, e.g. the Ceylon Whistling Thrush, the Yellow-eared Bulbul etc.

Some, such as the striking Red-faced Malkoha and the shy brown-capped Babbler can be found through out the island although confined to small areas of forests, National Parks and Forest Reserves.
Among the best areas for these birds are the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary. Around mid August the first flocks of the species begin to arrive with large numbers of sandpipers, stilts, plovers, terns, etc. coming from Siberia, Scandinavia and Western Europe. In the forested areas migratory tree warblers, thrushes, cuckoos etc. can be seen.

The large 'tanks' (reservoirs) in the dry zone attract numerous types of ducks, while the large water birds - the storks, herons and egrets - can be easily spotted in the National Parks. The Kumana Bird Sanctuary in the Eastern Province and Bundala, Kalametiya and Wirawila in the south, abound in these aquatic birds. Bundala is especially famous for its flocks of visiting flamingoes. An interesting place to visit for more bird life is the Muthurajawela marshes, just outside the northern border of the Colombo city.

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