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Ah Sinharaja, what a magnificent forest!

Malcolm, a Red-faced Malkoha reflects on life


Malcolm: Sometimes I wonder if there is a higher power. I mean, look at me and my kind. Glossy black feathers with metallic green and blue on my back, pure white feathers on the bottom, pure black throat, a ring of white around my neck and brilliant red on my head. This can’t be by chance, could it? What other bird looks as good as me? I wish I could ask someone, but I value my privacy, hence the secretiveness of my life. I wish I could find someone to relate to. I only encounter other cuckoos who don’t think about this stuff; and the others I meet - caterpillars, giant stick insects, mantises and small vertebrates - for instance, end up in my belly.


Fun Facts

Malcolm: I love Sinharaja forest. Such a lot of trees with dense growth. I can just hop from branch to branch, or just waddle from one tree to another, completely undercover. I don’t like flying long distances too much, although I can if the need arises.

Lenny: Umm, Mr. Cuckoo sir. If you plan to eat me, could you get on with it? You’re holding me by the neck and it’s a tad bit uncomfortable. I’d prefer a quick end, if you don’t mind.

Malcolm: Oh, so sorry! Gulp. Oh well, now I have to find someone new to talk to.


Story of the Photo

Visitors to Explorer by Eco Team in the Sinharaja Rain Forest are always stunned at the immense amount of birdlife found there. The Red-faced Malkoha is usually an elusive resident of the forest, but Dilum managed to get this amazing shot during a walking tour this July.




Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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