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Biodiversity of Sri Lanka

Posts related to flora and fauna including sightings, behavior, morphology and habitats

Celebrate International Day of Forests 2017

March 21 is the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Forests, which promotes the importance of forests and trees in our lives. The day addresses issues such as deforestation. International Day of Forests 2017 to promote the use of Wood… Continue Reading →

Building a House to Win His Partner

There are two species of weaver birds recorded in Sri Lanka. The Streaked weaver (Ploceus manyar) is confined to coastal areas, where as the Baya weaver (Ploceus philippinus) is a rather common sight around paddy fields all throughout the country, except… Continue Reading →

Celebrating World Wetlands Day 2017

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 of February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.’Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction’… Continue Reading →

Trail to Thotupola mountain

Trail to Thotupola mountain will let you experience the unique montane forest ecosystem of Horton Plains National Park with minimum difficulty. Even though Thotupola mountain is the third highest peak in Sri Lanka, this trail is easy to tackle since… Continue Reading →

Wildlife Sightings at Jetwing Vil Uyana – November 2016

– BIRDS – Indian Cormorant Little Cormorant Darter Spot-billed Pelican Yellow Bittern Black Bittern Indian Pond Heron Cattle Egret Little Egret Intermediate Egret Large Egret Asian Openbill Stork Woolly Necked Stork Brahminy Kite White-bellied Fish Eagle Indian Peafowl White-breasted Waterhen… Continue Reading →

Biodiversity Checklist of Jetwing St. Andrew’s

Towering over 1,884 meters above sea level and cradled amidst mist-covered mountains of the central hills massif of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, lies Jetwing St. Andrew’s (Latitude- 6.979587 Longitude-80.763823). A model wetland was designed and developed at this hotel to… Continue Reading →

Montane hour-glass tree-frog

Scientific Name: Taruga eques  The Montane hour-glass tree-frog is a colourful frog with a flattened body, long legs and expanded pads on it fingers and toes. The dorsal colour is a mixture of brown and yellowish orange with hour-glass mark. The… Continue Reading →

One of the rarest wild orchids in Sri Lanka

One of the rarest species of wild orchids in the island, Dendrobium diodon is a dwarf epiphytic plant. Grown in the sub montane region, the plant has been recorded in the Kandy district. Although it is named as an endemic… Continue Reading →

Trail to the summit of Kirigalpotta with Jetwing

Kirigalpotta is the second highest peak in Sri Lanka and the trail to the summit of Kirigalpotta is arguably the best nature trail in Horton Plains. The trek is not too tough (but not easy either) and will let you… Continue Reading →

Bird life of Victoria Park, Nuwara Eliya

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,… Continue Reading →

Sri Lankan Sand Boa – an uncommon, non-venomous snake species found in Yala

The only Sri Lankan member of the reptile Family Boidae, the Sri Lankan Sand Boa (Gongylophis conicus brevis) is a small but stout species which only grows up to approximately 0.5 m in length. They are relatively shorter than the… Continue Reading →

Elephant lover’s paradise

Minneriya National Park The national park has an ancient man made tank; Minneriya which date back to 276 – 303 BC and park has a land area of 8890 hectares. During the dry season large herds of elephants are seen… Continue Reading →

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