Sri Lanka blue mag­pie

SIN­HARAJA FOR­EST RE­SERVE SRI LANKA

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Rutland Special -

For a small coun­try, Sri Lanka has a good num­ber of species found nowhere else in the world, and 19 (out of 20 en­demics in to­tal) can be seen at Sin­haraja For­est Re­serve. With its bold chest­nut-and-vivid-blue plumage and bright red bill, eye rings, legs and feet, the blue mag­pie is as spec­tac­u­lar as it is rare. Though find­ing wildlife in dense rain­for­est is never easy, this can be a noisy species that moves around in flocks of as many as six or seven in­di­vid­u­als.

Cey­lon Bird Club: www.cey­lon­bird­club.org/ en­demic_bird_cey­lon­blue-mag­pie.php Blue mag­pies are a high­light of Sin­haraja.

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