Saturday, April 16, 2011

Green's in this season...

Plum-headed Parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala)

This pretty bird was captured in the National Zoological Gardens of Sri lanka in Dehiwala. The head closely mimicked a deliciously ripened plum with the dark magenta of the brow gradually turning to purple towards its neck. It makes me wonder what kind of an evolutionary advantage will it serve if this poor guy managed to survive without being eaten by a hungry monkey, head first !

Well, as we all know this being a male my guess is it’s nothing but plumes of vanity to attract unsuspecting females !

Plum headed Parakeet is a resident breeder in Sri Lanka and is said to be endemic to Indian sub continent. The most striking feature is the multitude of noicy calls including "oink" : )

Brown-headed Barbet or Large Green Barbet (Megalaima zeylanica)

This funny looking fellow was captured in a home garden in Panadura. Although I thought this bird to be shy, it was quite comfortable in my presence and was scanning the surrounding on an electric wire with a Rasakinda (Tinospora Cordifolia) vine entangled on it. It was bearing clusters of red, ripe berries and I was told that it frequented the place to feed on the berries.

The naked yellowish skin around the eyes and the “whiskers” around the large beak made it look as if dressed to be the clown among birds. It is a resident breeder in Sri Lanka, feeding on fruits and insects. The eggs are laid in a hollow of a tree. The gender of my specimen remains a mystery which I hope will be solved soon :)

Golden-fronted Leafbird (Chloropsis aurifrons)

This bird was captured in a hillock overgrown with shrubs in Kurunegala. I was taking a hike around seven in the morning when a peculiar call drew my attention to the nearby thicket. At first it wasn’t easy to spot the source as this fellow merged with its surroundings so well, staying true to its name. But the persistent striking call and the brilliant yellow brow gave away the perfect camouflage.

Golden fronted leaf-bird is a resident breeder in Sri Lanka, feeding on insects and berries. It nests in trees laying 2-3 eggs at a time. Would anyone be able to say if this is a male or a female?