Weird and Wonderful – Fascinating behavior of Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill Nesting

If you are a Sri Lankan or if you have ever been to a Sri Lankan forest, you have definitely witnessed this bird’s presence. It either makes a distinct call or appears in front of you. About that special bird, none other than the endemic Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill. It is quite an abundant endemic species in Sri Lanka. That means if you visit any national park in Sri Lanka, wet zone or dry zone, it doesn’t matter, you can see this beauty by your own eyes.

Tour Report- Tigers Galore in India

Classic Wild ventured on its first global safari since COVID 19 to the wilds of Madhya Pradesh in India to seek the mighty Bengal Tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park.

No threats to my kids – Fascinating nesting behavior of Sri Lanka Crested Drongo

Sri Lanka Crested Drongo is an endemic, unique species which is restricted to the wet zone of Sri Lanka. They are distinguished from the other Drongos in the area by their prominent crest and long tail feathers. They were previously thought to be a race of the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo that lives in the dry zone. It is usually found in pairs, and sometimes in mixed flocks, in the understory of humid forests in Sri Lanka’s lowlands and foothills. They are a “nuclear” member of the feeding flocks of mixed species. They stand out in forest habitats by frequently perching in the open and attracting attention with a variety of loud calls that include perfect imitations of many other birds.

Monumental sighting of Sri Lanka’s most elusive owl

The Sri Lanka Bay Owl (Phodilus assimilis), is arguably the most difficult bird to see while on a birding tour to Sri Lanka. Very rarely spotted, and found in the deep dark corners of Sri Lanka’s lowland rainforests, these elusive birds are often heard at night and early morning with their distinctive whistling call which sounds rhythmic and almost un-owl like.

Not only conquer on  lands but also trees -Sri Lanka Tree Crab

We all know that crabs live in water, mud, and on land, but did you know that some crabs live in trees? You don’t believe it, but they do. In 1995, Peter Ng described Ceylonthelphusa scansor, a crab species from Sinharaja that is surprisingly almost arboreal. In the year 2005, Sri Lankan biologist Mohamed Bahir of the Wildlife Heritage Trust and Ng assigned this species to the endemic genus Perbrinckia. The species name, “scansor,” means “climber,” referring to this crab’s ability to climb trees. It is the country’s only known tree-climbing freshwater crab. The crab has been discovered in 11 different locations in Sri Lanka, including the Kalu River, Walawe River, and Gin River basins. They are difficult to find during the day because they are hidden inside the hole, but at night they emerge from the hole and move on the surface of tree trunks

Hidden by the sand of time – Kelaart’s Starry Shrub Frog

A shrub frog thought extinct for 160 years has again seen the light of day. Meet the Kelaart’s starry shrub frog, and with a stunning coloration of green skin with white spots, When the island of Sri Lanka was known as a British colony, Ceylon, In 1853, Edward Frederick Kelaart, a naturalist, collected a strange frog. It has lime green skin with black outlines of white specks. A length of more than two inches.

White Morphed Purple Faced Leaf Monkeys

Few things can be considered truly mind-bogglingly hard to find. The rarity makes the aura of its/their existence almost mythical. Given this context, the knowledge of a very rare recessive gene in a particular troop of endemic species of monkeys found only in Sri Lanka is music to anyone’s ears.

Leopards Galore in Wilpattu

The deep dark forests and sandy safari trails of Wilpattu is according to the latest research home to the largest concentration of leopards in Sri Lanka and possibly the world.