Friday, March 30, 2018

Oriental Honey-Buzzard/බඹර උකුස්සා/සිළු බඹරකුස්සා[Bambara Ukussa/Silu Bambarakussa] (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

Rather rare breeding resident occurs throughout the island while population may increase during the winter months by migrant birds. However it is considered that the majority of our Honey-buzzards are winter visitors arriving  from November to December and leaving in April. Eventhough few instances of nest building of this raptor has so far reported in the island, collecting of nesting materials and young birds have been observed. Also courting behavior and mating of pairs have been noted. It is mainly a forest bird though occasionally seen in open areas. Oriental Honey-Buzzard feeds mainly on wild bees and wasps and their larvae by raiding their nests. It also eats others insects, lizards and small mammals. In India, Oriental Honey-Buzzard builds its nest with sticks, twigs and green leaves in a forest tree and lays two eggs.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

රඹුටන්[Rambutan] (Nephelium lappaceum)

An introduced fruit tree native to Thailand and Malaysia. Widely cultivated in wet and intermediate zones up to 600 m a.s.l. Also naturalized. Flowering in April and November, Fruits from July to August and December to January.