Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SRI LANKA ~White-breasted Kingfisher - Yala National Park ~

...A beautiful bird shot at Yala National Park... one of Sri lanka's most popular wildlife destinations... Thanks a lot Ravindra!!

Stamps: Featuring the Buddhist festival of Vesak.
(Issued 12-05-2014)

Yala National Park is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Of 215 bird species of the park, six are endemic to Sri Lanka.

The White-breasted Kingfisher  is a large (28 cm) and a tree kingfisher.

The adult has a bright blue back, wings and tail. Its head, shoulders, flanks and lower belly are chestnut, and the throat and breast are white.

The large bill and legs are bright red.

The flight of this Kingfisher is rapid and direct, the short rounded wings whirring. In flight, large white patches are visible on the blue and black wings.

@Photo Rukshan Jayewardene

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