Birds of Sri Lanka (Part – 04)

THE SPECIES DESCRIPTIONS The species accounts are necessarily brief and have been written to convey where possible the general impression or ‘character portrait’ of a bird. This is complemented by a discussion of its distinct features, either in terms of its plumage or its habits. Descriptive information on plumage has been kept to a bare […]

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Mangroves of Sri Lanka (Part 03)

Vegetation Types of Mangrove Ecosystems The development of mangrove swamps is a result of substrate, topography and freshwater hydrology as well as tidal action. One can expect several different types of mangroves developing under different sets of these conditions. Five types of mangals are generally recognized in the world: they are;  Fringing Mangroves,  Over wash […]

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Birds of Sri Lanka (Part – 03)

INFORMATION FOR VISITORS Preparation Some preparation can make a lot of difference in a small accessible island like Sri Lanka. A good deal of information is available both on the internet as well as from traditional bookshops. Internet For information on any recent trip reports, the internet flyway in the Oriental Bird Club’s web page ( […]

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Birds of Sri Lanka (Part – 02)

Birds to look out for For visiting birders, the birds of most interest will be the endemic species. For this reason, expanded accounts are provided in the text. In the case of a few highly sought after but ‘difficult to see’ birds such as the Ceylon Spur-fowl, details on the best places to see them […]

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Mangroves of Sri Lanka (Part 01)

Introduction Mangrove Ecosystems and it’s Status The word “Mangrove” is derived from the Portuguese word “Mangue” and a English word “Grove” The corresponding French words are “Manguler” and “Paletuvier” (Macnae, 1968 ; Kethiresan & Bingham, 2001). It is believed that all these words originated from the Malaysian word “manggi manggi” meaning “above the soil”. This […]

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