Saturday, December 20, 2014

Frogmouth (Batrachostomus moniliger)

English: Frogmouth
Binomial Name: Batrachostomus moniliger
Sinhala: මැඩිමුහුණා[Madimuhuna]

B. moniliger is a nocturnal breeding resident bird of Sri lanka. Another sub species of this bird (ssp. roonwali) can be seen in India. Habitat is dense forests and forest edges. More common in wet-zone. Body color resembles the dried leaves to make it difficult to identify at once. Male is bigger in size and body color is gray-brown. Female is has the body color of chestnut brown. They feed on insects by catching in flight.

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