Friday, October 24, 2008

‘Sri Lanka Birds’ in the month of September

‘Sri Lanka Birds’ web based data entry system for Sri Lanka completed another successful month by the end of September. A short summary of the results obtained during the month of September is given in this report. This analysis is based on the data downloaded on 20th October 2008.

New members 12
Total members 180
We warmly welcome new members to the ‘Sri Lanka Birds’ community.

Total Number of Observations 1480
Number of Species 177
Number of Endemic Species 22
Number of Proposed endemic Species 7
Number of migrant species 24

Nesting records
Number of observations 11
Number of species 4
(Large billed Crow, Spotted Dove, Red-vented Bulbul and Great Egret)

Mostly recorded species (No: of observations)
House Crow (64)
Red-vented Bulbul (61)
Yellow-billed Babbler (57)
Spotted Dove (56)
Common Myna (55)

Top five users (No: of observations)
Newton Jayawardena (365)
Rahula Perera (360)
Sashi Siriwardena (186)
Chandanie Wanigatunge (163)
Lahiru Bulathsinhala (129)

A total of 43 locations were visited during September by ‘Sri Lanka Birds’ members. As in the previous month, highest number of observations was made at Ragama (226).

Current statistics describing the number of field visits, number of observations and bird species, as well as the number of users registered in the system, are displayed on the login page of ‘Sri Lanka Birds’ - .

We would like to thank all the members for entering their valuable observations into Sri Lanka Birds. We highly appreciate the contributions of members towards conservation of birds through this initiative.
Administrator of “Sri Lanka Birds”
Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

‘Siyoth’ new issue is now available

New issue of the Siyoth: Journal of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka is now available at FOGSL office and leading bookshops. It contains many feature articles as well as research articles. It also contains a photo essay on the threatened birds of Sri Lanka by Vimukthi Weeratunga. Table of Contents

* The Story Of A Brown Fish-Owl Ketupa Zeylanensis (By Uditha Wijesena)
* Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore: An Example Of A Wetland Managed For Birds And Education (By Nishanthi Perera)
* Diversity Of Avifauna In The Wilpattu National Park (By D.K. Weerakoon And W.L.D.P.T.S. de A. Goonatilleke)
* Notes On The Natural History Of Marshall’s Iora (By Mahendra Siriwardhane)
* A Study Of The Non-Captive Avifaunal Diversity In The National Zoological Gardens, Dehiwala, Sri Lanka (By D.M.S. Suranjan Karunarathna, A.A. Thasun Amarasinghe, Indika K. Peabotuwage, and A.A.D. Asanka Udayakumara)
* Birds In Peril (By Vimukthi Weerathunga)
* Man And Fowls [In Sinhala] (By Aruna Padmaperuma And Santha Udaya Kumara)
* Brood Parasitism By Pied Crested Cuckoos On The Yellow-Billed Babbler (By Sandun Perera)
* A Sight Record Of White-Throated Needletail Hirundapus Caudacutus In Pokunutenna, Sri Lanka (By Amila Salgado)
* Sight Record Of A Black Stork Ciconia Nigra At Maduru Oya (By Dinesh Gabadage)
* Notes On The Endemic Birds: Sri Lanka Red-Faced Malkoha Phaenicophaeus Pyrrhocephalus (By C.D. Kaluthota)
* Feeding Ecology Of Rose-Ringed Parakeet Psittacula Krameri In Polonnaruwa (By S.W. Kotagama And G.M. Dunnet)
* South Polar Skua Or Hybrid Skua Catharacta Sp. From Sri Lanka? (By Rex I. De Silva)
* Report On The National Bird Ringing Programme 2007 (By C.D. Kaluthota And S.W. Kotagama)

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