Latest issue of the “Siyoth- the journal of Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka” is out. It contains many articles related to
Sri Lankan birds, trip reports, photo essays and observations. This 64 page magazine with plentiful
color photographs of Sri Lankan birds is a must-read for Sri Lankan nature
Here are some of the articles published in the latest issue.
·Return of the Comb duck to Sri Lanka ·First sight record of the European Roller from
Sri Lanka ·Second sight record of Yellow-rumped Flycatcher
from Sri Lanka ·A possible mass-migration of sea birds, sharks
and whales during the summer monsoon ·Birds on the brink of extinction: Global and the
sri Lankan scenarios ·Rehabilitation and reintroduction of injured
birds to the wild ·A descriptive ethogram for the behaviour of
black robin ·Differential ‘crack’ calls in Sri Lanka Magpie
Birds of Paradise is one of the most fascinating groups of
passerine birds in the world. Birds in this group are especially famous for their
elaborate, most extravagant plumage patterns. Altogether there are 39 species,
living in New Guinea and associated Islands, and also in Australia. Naturalists
had been fascinated by these birds for centuries. However, scientists knew very
little about them until recently.
To fill the vacuum of knowledge, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
lead a long term research project, with National Geographic Society and many
other organisations. The results of the project are now accessible at a new website. This web site contains breathtaking videos and photos of all 39 species.