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Red Slender Loris
2006-12-27 14:57:59

The red slender loris (Loris tardigradus) is a small, nocturnal prosimian native to the Rainforests of India and Sri Lanka. Its body length on average is 7 to 10 in. (17.5 to 26 cm), with an average weight of a mere 3 to 13 oz (85 to 350g). It eats insects, lizards, bird eggs, and occasionally other invertebrates. They also feed on berries, leaves, and buds. This loris is a small, slender...

Indian Star Tortoise
2006-12-26 16:12:15

The Indian Star Tortoise, Geochelone elegans, is a species of tortoise found in dry areas and scrub forest in India and Sri Lanka. Although raising these animals in captivity is extremely difficult, this species is quite popular in the exotic pet trade. The Indian Star Tortoise has a convex shell with its dorsal shields often forming humps. Its head is moderate with a swollen convex...

Asian Openbill Stork
2006-08-21 10:34:46

The Asian Openbill Stork (Anastomus oscitans) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae and a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Southeast Asia. This stork is a broad-winged soaring bird and relies on moving between thermals of hot air for sustained flight. Like all storks, its neck is outstretched during flight. It is relatively small for...

Painted Stork
2006-08-21 10:29:03

The Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala) is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. This tropical species breeds in Asia from India and Sri Lanka to southeast Asia and is a resident breeder in lowland wetlands with trees where it builds its stick nest. Typical clutch size is 2-5 eggs. The Painted Stork is a broad-winged soaring bird that flies with its neck outstretched....

Brown Wood Owl
2006-08-17 16:21:46

The Brown Wood Owl (Strix leptogrammica) is an owl which is a resident breeder in south Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to western Indonesia and south China. It is a scarce resident of dense forests. It is a member of the typical owl family, Strigidae. The Brown Wood Owl is a medium large owl at 17.5 to 22.5 inches high. The upper parts are uniformly dark brown with faint white spotting...

Collared Scops Owl
2006-08-17 15:55:00

The Collared Scops Owl (Otus backgammon) is a resident breeding owl of eastern Arabia through most of India, except far north, and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia. This species is part of the larger grouping of typical owls known as Strigidae, which are the most common species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls known as Tytonidae. The Collared Scops Owl is commonly found in forests and...

Bay-backed Shrike
2006-03-23 11:12:31

The Bay-backed Shrike (Lanius vittatus) is a member of the bird family Laniidae. This widespread resident breeder is found mainly in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, but has recently been recorded from Sri Lanka. It constructs its nest in bushes in scrubby areas and cultivation, laying 3-5 eggs. This small shrike measures an average of 17cm. It is maroon-brown above with a pale rump and...

Hill Myna
2006-03-06 11:28:50

The Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) is a member of the starling family found in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia and has been introduced to the USA. The smaller-billed race found in the Western Ghats of India and in Sri Lanka, G. (r.) indica, has been split off as a separate species known as the Southern Hill Myna. This species is typically found in forest...

Sri Lanka Blue Magpie
2006-02-24 11:34:33

The Sri Lanka Blue Magpie or Ceylon Magpie (Urocissa ornata) is a striking member of the Crow family. It can be found in the hill forests as well as the dense wet evergreen rain forests of Sri Lanka, where it is endemic. This species is declining due to loss of this habitat. Sri Lanka Blue Magpie is usually found in small groups of up to six or seven birds. It is largely carnivorous, eating...

Chameleon
2005-06-23 09:04:50

Chameleons are small to mid-size reptiles that belong to one of the best known lizard families (Chamaeleonidae). They are famous for their ability to change their color also because of their elongated tongue and their eyes which can be moved independently of each other. The name "Chameleon" means "earth lion" and is derived from the Greek words chamai (on the ground, on the earth) and leon...

Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.