Friday, July 20, 2012

ගව කොකා[Gawa Koka]/Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)


Very common breeding resident found in paddy fields, marshes, grasslands and garbage dumps in lowlands and lower hills, usually associated with cattles and buffaloes. Its association with cattles mainly to catch grasshoppers and other insects, frogs and lizards etc. that are disturbed by the cattles as they move about. It also feeds on ticks, leeches and flies inhabiting the hide of the beast.  Cattle egrets roosts as flocks in trees. The breeding season is from December to May and it breeds in colonies placing its nest on a trees growing in water. According to the Deepal Warakagoda large number of winter migrants also arrive to the island during migarate season (Warakagoda D. et.al., 2012)

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