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Indian peafowl, blue peafowl, common peafowl (m. Peacock)

Pavo cristatus

Description:

Udawalawe National Park. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan elephants.

Habitat:

Udawalawe lies on the boundary of Sri Lanka's wet and dry zones. Plains dominate the topography, though there are also some mountainous areas. The Kalthota Range and Diyawini Falls are in the north of the park and the outcrops of Bambaragala and Reminikotha lie within it. The park has an annual rainfall of 1,500 millimetres (59 in), most of which falls during the months of October to January and March to May. The average annual temperature is about 27–28 °C (81–82 °F), while relative humidity varies from 70% to 83%. Well-drained reddish-brown soil is the predominant soil type, with poorly drained low humic grey soils found in the valley bottoms. Mainly alluvial soils form the beds of water courses. The habitat surrounding at the reservoir includes marshes, the Walawe river and its tributaries, forests and grasslands. Dead trees standing in the reservoir are visual reminders of the extent of forest cover before the construction of the Udawalawe Dam. Areas of open grassland are abundant as a result of former chena farming practices.

Notes:

sorry for the horrible grainy ultra blown up crop, but I decided to submit this spotting because it is the only one of maybe a dozen peafowl spottings of mine where the bird is high up in a tree (evidence of actual flight). all my others are on the ground, or hopping distance therefrom (fallen dead tree branch).

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2 Comments

jazz.mann
jazz.mann a month ago

thanks, but so grainy because so far away and then cropped and enlarged so much.

i_munasinghe
i_munasinghe a month ago

Beautiful spotting!

jazz.mann
Spotted by
jazz.mann

Uva Province, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Dec 13, 2015
Submitted on May 30, 2021

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