Monday, June 18, 2012

'Yellow-billed Babblers', preening, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

It was a cold drizzly morning in June in Avissawella, Sri Lanka. I saw this 'Yellow-billed Babbler' couple close together with the male preening the female getting wet in the drizzle. 'Pair-bonding at its best.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

'Yellow-billed Babbler' -Turdoides affinis taprobanus, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

One of the noisiest birds in the garden. They gather in groups and and have the common name 'Seven sisters'. The Sinhalese name is 'Demelichcha' and the Tamil name 'Pulinil'. They act as guardians to the squirrels and give a cry of alarm when cats or snakes are around. Watch the video with the sound turned up to hear the racket that they make.