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Yellow Bittern
2008-02-05 15:54:07

The Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis), is a small bittern. It is from the Old World, breeding in tropical Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Japan and Indonesia. It is mainly resident, but some northern birds migrate short distances. Their breeding habitat is reed beds. This is a small species at 15 inches in length, with a short neck and longish bill. The male is uniformly dull...

Black Bittern
2008-02-05 13:54:01

The Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis), is a bird of Old World origins. It breeds in tropical Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to China, Indonesia and Australia. It is mainly resident, but some northern birds may migrate short distances. The Black Bittern is a fairly large species at nearly 23 inches in length, with a longish neck and long yellow bill. The adult is uniformly black...

Northern Plains Gray Langur
2007-12-18 15:03:44

The Northern Plains Gray Langur (Semnopithecus entellus), is a species of primate in the family Cercopithecidae. It is found in Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and possibly Bhutan. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Grizzled Giant Squirrel
2007-06-25 10:31:26

The Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Ratufa macroura, is a large species of squirrel found in Sri Lanka and in the forests of southern India. The species is found in patches of river forest along the Kaveri River in south India and also in hill forests towards the southern tip of peninsular India and in parts of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka race is R. macroura dandolena from the Singhalese name of...

Chital Deer
2007-06-25 08:41:41

The Chital Deer, Axis axis, is a species of deer that is commonly found in the wooded regions of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and most of India. It is the most common species of deer in Indian forests. Other common names given to this species are the Spotted Deer, and the Axis Deer. Its coat is reddish fawn, marked with white spots, and it's under parts are white. Its antlers, which it sheds...

Black ruby barb
2007-04-06 08:17:04

The Black ruby barb (Puntius nigrofasciatus) or Purplehead barb is a tropical fish belonging to the minnow family (Cyprinidae). Originating from Sri Lanka in forested streams from the Kelani basin to the Nilwala basin, they are found in streams on hills around 1000 ft (300 m) in elevation. The brightly colored population introduced to Mahaweli at Ginigathena, Sri Lanka are said to have...

Ornate butterflyfish
2007-03-26 12:41:13

The Ornate butterflyfish, Chaetodon ornatissimus, is a butterflyfish of the family Chaetodontidae found in the Indo-Pacific oceans from Sri Lanka to the Hawaiian, Marquesan and Ducie islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe and Rapa islands, and throughout Micronesia, at depths down to 118.11 ft (36 m). Its length is up to 7.87 in (20 cm). The Ornate butterflyfish is white with...

Rusty-spotted Cat
2007-01-19 13:43:36

The rusty-spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus, sometimes Felis rubiginosa) is a very small wild cat of southern India and Sri Lanka. It is 13.78 to 18.9 in (35 to 48 cm) long, plus 5.91 to 9.84 in (15 to 25 cm) tail, weighing in at only approximately 3.3 lb (1.5 kg). The color of the fur is grey, with rusty spots all over the back and the flanks. The underbelly is white with large dark...

Jungle Cat
2007-01-19 12:26:34

The jungle cat (Felis chaus), also called the swamp lynx (although not related to the lynxes), is a small cat with a rather short tail. Dependent on the subspecies the color of the fur is yellowish-grey to reddish-brown. While vertical bars are visible on the fur of kittens, these bars disappear in adult cats. Due to the pointed ears and the long legs this cat resembles a small lynx. This...

Toque Macaque
2007-01-01 15:41:10

The toque macaque (Macaca sinica) is a reddish-brown colored Old World monkey. It is found in Sri Lanka. It lives in troops. The troops sometime number up to 20, and have developed into three subspecies. Troops of the toque macaque are a common sight in The Cultural Triangle, where many ancient temples are situated. This has earned them the nickname of "Temple Monkey".

Word of the Day
  • Growing in low tufty patches.
The word 'cespitose' comes from a Latin word meaning 'turf'.