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Regional variation in the composition and structure of mixed-species bird flocks in the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka
Keywords: Bird communities, biogeography, mixedspecies flocks, Western Ghats.
Mixed-species bird flocks are attractive models for the investigation of geographical variation in animal communities, as they represent a subset of the avifauna in most forested regions of the world. Yet studies of the regional variation in flock size and the composition of
flocks are few,………. [More......]
Wader ringing studies at Bundala National Park, Sri Lanka: three years of the National Bird Ringing Programme
Keywords: Ringing, banding, Bundala National Park, Sri Lanka, waders, shorebirds
Sri Lanka has long been recognised as a key site for migratory
waders in the Indian Ocean Region, especially for those species that breed in the northern latitudes of the eastern Palearctic. However, [More......]
Keywords: Shorebird, conservation, ringing, banding, Curlew Sandpiper, migration Sri Lanka.
On 20 August 2005, a Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
carrying a yellow flag was observed at the saltpans in Bundala
National Park, Sri Lanka (6°11.195’N, 81°14.589’E). The
bird was 300 m from the observers, and was located with a
30 × 60 telescope [More......]
Keywords: Shorebird, conservation, ringing, banding, ageing criteria, training, Sri Lanka.
We report on the first steps of a new project to establish a network of sites for shorebird research and conservation
in Sri Lanka. These include the first training course conducted in April 2005 in the Bundala National
Park in which 16 members of staff of the Department of Wildlife and Conservation learnt shorebird study skills
including mist-netting, recording biometrics and ageing, under the National Bird Ringing Programme. We
describe the methods we developed for ageing Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stints and Redshanks. [More......]
Observations on the annual mass migration of Bridled Terns off the coast of Sri Lanka over a period of thirteen years is documented and data is presented which suggests that this phenomenon could be a post-breeding dispersal. [More......]
A distinguishing feature between the nominate Stilt and the Australian species is differences in lengths of the hindneck feathers. This study examines the neck feathering of both the nominate and Australian species. [More......]
This gives an account of the first Rufous-necked Stint recorded in Sri Lanka. The bird, which was in breeding plumage, was sighted in the Bundala salt-pans. [More......]