Sunday, March 17, 2019

පෝරු කෑදැත්තා/පොරෝ කෑදැත්තා[Poru Keadetta/Poro Keadetta]Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus)

Common breeding resident of forests and such wooded areas from dry lowlands to lower hills.Usually seen as  pairs to large flocks on tall trees along river banks. Malabar Pied Hornbill feeds mainly on wild fruits like Banyan figs, Palu berries, etc. But also eats any small animals it can catch. Its breeding season lasts from April to August. The nest is a tree cavity where female bird is sealed with mud within it by the male bird. She lays eggs and stays in the nest till the chicks grows up. Once the space inside is not enough for the chicks and the mother bird, she breaks out it and resealed it until chicks would fully grown up and emerge out of it by breaking the seal again. Male bird feeds the female during her stay inside the cavity and later on pair feeds the chicks.