Bird life of Victoria Park, Nuwara Eliya

July 28, 2016 by Ishanda Senevirathne

Located in the center of the Nuwara Eliya city, the Victoria Park, was formally named as such to commemorate the 60th Jubilee Coronation of Queen Victoria in the year 1897. Originally used as the research field of  the Hakgala Botanical Garden, the park is known to be established by the planting of an Oak tree by a German Princess who visited Nuwara Eliya at the latter part of the 19th Century.

The park is 27 acres in extent and about 90% of the tree species available are those of foreign origin. Nanu Oya which flows through the park and a number of lakes within it enhances its beauty.

Victoria Park offers some good ornithological opportunities – a large number of rare bird species can be found in the park and thus, is quite popular among birdwatchers.

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Sri lanka Dusky blue flycatcher (2)

Sri Lanka Dusky-blue Flycatcher

Endemic Birds

Sri Lanka Junglefowl

Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler

Sri Lanka Yellow-eared Bulbul

Sri Lanka Bush Warbler

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Sri Lanka White-eye

Sri Lanka Dusky-blue Flycatcher

Sri Lanka White-eye

Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon

Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush

Sri Lanka Scaly Thrush

Sri Lanka Hill Munia

 

 

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Pied Thrush

Migrant Birds

Indian Blue Robin

Indian Pitta

Brown Shrike

Kashmir Flycatcher

Pied Thrush

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Brown Shrike

Eyebrowed Thrush

Grey Wagtail

Slaty-legged Crake

Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Forest Wagtail

Blyth’s Reed Warbler

Greenish Warbler

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Kashmir Flycatcher

Large-billed leaf Warbler

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Common Sandpiper

 

 

 

 

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Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike

Resident Birds

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike

Red-vented Bulbul

Ashy Prinia

Dark-fronted Babbler

Tailor Bird

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Indian Pond Heron

Great Tit

White-breasted Waterhen

Indian Pond Heron

Cattle Egret

Intermediate Egret

Little Egret

Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher

Forest Eagle Owl

Pied Bush Chat                                                         Common Mynah

Pale-billed Flowerpecker                                        Black Eagle

Spotted Dove                                                             Purple-rumped Sunbird

Common Iora                                                            Crimson-backed Goldenback

Velvet-fronted Blue Nuthatch                                Oriental Magpie Robin

 

Awareness and Conservation

Jetwing St. Andrew’s organized an awareness programme about the rare birds species at Victoria park, Nuwara Eliya and their identification, for the employees of the park.

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By Ishanda Senevirathna, Resident Naturalist of Jetwing St. Andrew’s

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