Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bird watching is easy

You do not necessarily have to visit the wilderness to watch birds. You can do this in your home garden, school premises or at your workplace. So, what are some of the birds you can try to spot from your home? Well, according to The Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, you can observe at least 15-20 birds, such as:

1. Red-vented Bulbul (konda kurulla)
2. Babblers (demalichcha)
3. Oriental Magpie-robin (polkichcha)
4. Rose-ringed Parakeet (Rena girawa)
5. Tailor Bird (battichcha)
6. Common Myna (myna)
7. Asian Koel (koha)
8. Sunbirsd (Peni Kurulla)
9. White-breasted Kingfisher(pilihuduwa)
10. Spotted Dove (alu Kobeiya)
11. Red-backed Woodpecker(kerala)
12. White-bellied Drongo (kawda)
13. Barbets (kottoruwa)
14. Small Flowerpecker (pilalichcha)
15. Black-hooded Oriole (kaha kurulla)

And, yes, you can sometimes see migrants in your home garden too, if you have one. These include beautiful birds like Indian Pitta, and Forest Wagtail (kele halapenda), Asian Paradise Flycatcher (sudu redi hora), Blue-tailed Bee-eater (nil peda binguharaya), Brown Flycatcher (dumburu masimara), and Barn Swallow (atu wehilihiniya).

Any ideal time of the day to observe birds..? Yes, birds are most active in the morning, between 07.30 and 09.30.am.

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