Birds of Sri Lanka

Overview

Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination with a rich avian diversity. Almost 30 species are endemic to the country and there are another 70 endemic subspecies. This fully illustrated guide is an essential companion for anyone interested in Sri Lanka's birds.

The most comprehensive field guide to the birds of Sri Lanka

Covers more than 450 species, including all residents, ...

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Overview

Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination with a rich avian diversity. Almost 30 species are endemic to the country and there are another 70 endemic subspecies. This fully illustrated guide is an essential companion for anyone interested in Sri Lanka's birds.

The most comprehensive field guide to the birds of Sri Lanka

Covers more than 450 species, including all residents, migrants and vagrants

72 colour plates depict every species and many distinct plumages and races

Concise text on facing pages highlights key identification features including habitat, behaviour and voice

Up-to-date colour maps for every species

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780713688535
  • Publisher: A&C Black Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: Helm Field Guides
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 995,628
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 8

How to use this book 9

Taxonomy and nomenclature 9

Species accounts 9

Plumage Terminology 10

Glossary 11

Geographical Setting 13

Climate 13

Distribution and Habitats 14

Forests 14

Scrub 15

Grasslands 15

Wetlands 15

Seas 15

Agricultural lands 16

Bird Diversity 16

Migration 16

Important Birds 17

Endemic species and subspecies 17

Threatened species 17

Restricted range species 17

Conservation 20

Threats 20

Birdwatching Areas 21

Family Summaries 40

Species Accounts and Plates 40

Francolins, quails and pheasants: Phasianidae 54

Buttonquails: Turnicidae 54

Whistling-ducks and ducks: Anatidae 58

Shearwaters and petrels: Procellariidae 62

Storm-petrels: Hydrobatidae 62

Flamingos: Phoenicopteridae 66

Storks: Ciconiidae 66

Ibises and spoonbills: Threskionithidae 68

Bitterns and herons: Ardeidae 70

Tropicbirds: Phaethontidae 76

Frigatebirds: Fregatidae 76

Pelicans: Pelicanidae 78

Boobies: Sulidae 78

Grebes: Podicipedidae 80

Cormorants: Phalacrocoracidae 80

Anhingas: Anhingidae 80

Falcons: Falconidae 82

Osprey, hawks, eagles and harriers etc.: Accipitiridae 84

Rails, crackes, gallinules and coots: Rallidae 94

Jacanas: Jacanidae 96

Thick-knees: Burhinidae 98

Oystercatchers: Haematopodidae 98

Crab-plover: Dromadidae 98

Stilts and avocets: Recurvirostridae 98

Plovers, lapwings and dotterels: Charadriidae 100

Painted-snipes: Rostratulidae 104

Shorebirds: Scolopacidae 104

Pratincoles and coursers: Glareolidae 116

Gulls and terns: Laridae 118

Skuas: Stercorariidae 126

Pigeons and doves: Columbidae 128

Parrots and hanging parrots: Psittacidae 132

Cuckoos, malkohas and coucals: Cuculidae 134

Frogmouths: Podargidae 138

Nightjars: Caprimulgidae 138

Typical owls: Strigidae 140

Barn owls: Tytonidae 142

Swifts: Apodidae 144

Treeswifts: Hemiprocnidae 144

Roolers: Coraciidae 146

Bee-eaters: Meropidae 146

Kingfishers: Alcedinidae 148

Trogons: Trogonidae 150

Hoopoes: Upupidae 150

Barbets: Ramphastidae 150

Hornbills: Bucerotidae 152

Woodpeckers: Picidae 152

Pittas: Pittidae 156

Woodshrikes: Uncertain Family 156

Cuckooshrikes, minivets and flycatcher-shrikes: Campephagidae 156

Shrikes: Laniidae 158

Ioras: Aegithinidae 160

Leafbirds: Chloropseidae 160

Orioles: Oriolidae 162

Magpies and crows: Corvidae 162

Martins and swallows: Hirundinidae 164

Woodswallows: Artamidae 164

Drongos: Dicruridae 166

Wagtails and pipits: Motacillidae 168

Larks: Alaudidae 170

Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae 172

Cisticolas, prinias and allies: Cisticolidae 174

Warblers: Sylvilidae 176

Fantails: Rhipiduridae 180

Monarchs: Monarchidae 180

Babblers: Timaliidae 180

Starlings and mynas: Sturnidae 184

Thrushes: Turdidae 186

Chats and old world flycatchers: Muscicapidae 188

Flowerpeckers: Dicaeidae 192

Sunbirds: Nectariniidae 192

White-eyes: Zosteropidae 194

Nuthatches: Sittidae 194

Tits: Paridae 194

Weavers: Ploceidae 194

Sparrows: Passeridae 196

Munias: Estrildidae 196

Appendix: Vagrants to Sri Lanka 198

Doubtful and exotic species 207

Organisations 208

References 212

Selected Bibliography 212

Index 215

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