Tuesday, April 14, 2015

අලු ගිරවා[Alu Girawa]/Sri Lanka Emerald-collared Parakeet/Layard's Parakeet (Psittacula calthropae)

Locally common endemic parrot inhabiting forests and well wooded areas in the wet lowlands to mid-hills and foothills of the dry lowlands. However its main habitat is in the hills from their bases to about 1500 a.s.l. It lives as pairs or as small flocks. Sri Lanka Emerald-collared Parakeet feeds on fruits, flowers,buds, nectar etc. The breeding season is from January to May and again from July to September. The nest is a hole in the trunk of a tree where it lays 2-3 eggs.

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