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Common Name : Crested Tree Swift     -       Scientific Name : Hemiprocne coronate       -       Other Name : Grey-rumped Tree Swift (E), Rukthurithaya (S)
Thimbiri Wila
02/04/2018
Thimbiri Wila
02/04/2018

This graceful swift is a breeding resident found throughout the lowlands and the mid hills. Other than in Sri Lanka it is native to India, Bhutan, Bangadesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and china.

The conservation status of this species is regarded as “Least Concerned” (National Red List 2012).

This is a species protected under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance as amended by Act No. 22 of 2009.

I have observed this species throughout the island including the Mannar Island but never observed it in the Jaffna peninsula. The highest altitude at which I have seen it has been at Meemure in the Knuckles region at 1301meters.

This is a common species in Wilpattu and can be seen in most open areas and at all the villus.