Argh! You made me drop a perfectly good Rambutan!

Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot is annoyed with you

“Did you have to sneak up? You scared away my mate too. Myrnaaaaaaaa! You can come back, it’s just a silly photographer. It’s mating season from January to August you see, so we’ve just got together and picked out a nice hole in a tree. Myrna’s been quite busy building the nest with strips of leaves that she carries up to the hole by tucking them in her rump feathers. There she is on that tree. Looks exactly like me - red crown, rump and beak, orange tint on the nape and back, pale blue chin and throat - except that her colours are a little duller. Don’t bring that up with her, it’s a touchy subject.”

Fun Facts

“Life is good here, up in the trees. We never bother with anything on the ground. Everything we need is up here - nectar, pollen, juicy fruits - actually you should watch a flock of us feed when we get to a tree with fruits. It is quite the spectacle! Our favourite territories are in the Wet Zone areas because food is so abundant. The Hill Country and the Dry Zone areas are pretty great too, which is why you’ll find us almost everywhere in this country. Another reason why trees are great is that there’s plenty of cover to keep us safe. We’ve also picked up a cool trick from the Bats to help us be even safer... we go to sleep upside down!”

Story of the Photo

Dilum captured this image of the parrot enjoying a Rambutan feast on the borders of Sinharaja, whilst staying at Explorer by Eco Team in the Sinharaja Rain Forest.



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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