Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Launch of the new bird guide: An Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka

Public interest in the birds of Sri Lanka appears to be growing exponentially with time. In 1994, based on a set of 32 plates and numerous line drawings by Prithiviraj Fernando, Sarath Kotagama published the first truly affordable field guide to the island's birds. In the 16 years that have passed since Kotagama & Fernando's work, much has changed in Sri Lankan Ornithology. Taxonomic research has shown that the number of endemic species is in fact much higher than previously thought, and the increasing affordability of digital photography has served to make new sightings more easily verifiable. This new knowledge is, up to end 2009, reflected in the new book authored by Prof. Sarath Kotagama and illustrated by world famous wildlife artist Gamini Ratnavira.

The new field guide “An Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka” will be launched on 5th, April 2010 at the New Biology Lecture Theater, University of Colombo, Colombo 03. Launching ceremony will begin at 05.00 pm. The new book will be available for a concessionary rate at the event.

Book Description
382 pages, 492 species descriptions
52 Colour Plates, 492 Colour Distribution Maps
Size : 138 x215 mm 382 pp
ISBN 978-955-8576-26-7
All are welcome for this important event.

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