Thursday, August 2, 2012

Brown-capped Babbler (Pellorneum fuscocapillus)

An uncommon and endemic bird distributed locally from lowlands to mid hill forests. It is a bird of undergrowth and spends its time mostly on seeking insects among leaf litter usually as pairs or as small flocks.  Brown-capped Babbler breeds during November to March and again in September. The nest is an untidy dome of dead leaves, set at base of a tree or shrub in deep forest.  Three races can be identified in Sri Lanka in three climatic zones wet, dry and hills. Wet zone specimes are much darker than paler dry zone birds. 

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