The shadows of the Jungle | Sri Lanka Wilderness Updates

The shadows of the Jungle

That dark silhouette looking at you from a treetop through the thick jungle is non-other than the Sri Lankan Brown Fish Owl (Ketupa zeylonensis). 

If this is your competition in your next fishing trip you might not have much of a chance! That yellow circle in the eyes stands out like the moon in the night sky and for this bird, Stalking is life! 

If the name didn’t give it away, the main food for this bird is fish! But they can prey on rodents and other small creatures as well. On extremely rare occasions they have been seen scavenging on carcasses left by other predators. 

This species is endemic to Sri Lanka and can be found mainly in wildlife parks and jungles, but it has been spotted in residential areas on rare occasions. Spot the owl should definitely be in your next itinerary to Sri Lanka.


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"From the moment we were picked up to the moment we sadly had to leave, Mahoora staff provided us with an experience we will never forget. We did 2 safaris, 1 afternoon and 1 the next morning. So lucky to witness leopard up close and be able to watch her hunt!!! 

 All staff at the camp are to be highly commended. We loved every minute of it and hope to be back for longer next time"
The Allan Family, Australia
April 2018

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