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Birds

Red Wattled Lapwing
•  Red Wattled Lapwing – A common bird in Sri Lanka . Could be seen easily at edges of tanks, paddy fields or any open land not far from water. With short red beak wattle and ring around eye could be recognized very easily. Mainly active at dawn and dusk, and at nights lit like at dawn. Its sound is like “did he doo it”. Lay eggs on ground.

Jungle Fowl
•  Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl – Very colorful ground bird, endemic to Sri Lanka . It is proposed as the national bird of Sri Lanka . Distributed commonly in Sri Lanka 's jungle and dense scrub through out. Roosts high in trees at nights. Flys up to tree branches when threatened. Nests in hidden, scraped place on the ground or on a pile of vegetation just off the ground. Sinharaja is a very good site to watch this species.

Layard's Parakeet
•  Sri Lanka Layard's Parakeet (female) – An endemic parakeet to Sri Lanka . Male bird is similar to female but has red beak and broad black and green collar. Distributed in forests and wood areas in the wet zone. Arboreal bird, lives in pairs or small flocks. Nests in a tree hole. Sinharaja is one of the best places to watch.


•  Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill – An endemic bird with a large bill but no casque. Has a very interesting nesting behavior. Male put female into a tree hole and cover the opening with mud, leaving a small hole for feeding. Male feeds female. When eggs are hatched, the female breaks the mud cover and come out. Again, they put mud as earlier. Then both feed the chicks until they can fly. Distributed in low land forests and hills up to 1300m. More frequent in dry zone.

Black hooded Oriole
•  Black hooded Oriole – A very attractive arboreal bird common to Sri Lanka . Could be seen in well-wooded areas including urban parks and home gardens. Often seen in pairs. Nests on high tree branches and builds cup like nests with dead grass and fiber.

Nest of Red vented Bulbul 
•  Nest & Eggs of Red vented Bulbul – Common home garden bird and nests close to human habitats. Some times, even inside the houses. Always seen in pairs. Open cup like nests are build by dead grass, fiber and small dead roots.

Dull Blue Flycatcher
•  Dull Blue Flycatcher – An endemic bird to Sri Lanka . Found in montane forest areas over 700 m. Female is similar to male. Usually perches on low branches or stumps to fly-catch. Horton Plains and Hakgala gardens are very good places to watch this species.


Spotted Dove – A common bird throughout the island. Seen mostly in dry zone. It has a strong and direct flight. Also displays wing clapping. Mostly feed on ground. Nests are build by few twigs concealed in a tree or bush. Both sexes look similar

 

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