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Common Name : Yellow-eyed Babbler     -       Scientific Name : Chrysomma sinense       -       Other Name : As Kaha Demalichcha
Hunuwilagama
05/11/2017
Hunuwilagama
05/13/2017
Hunuwilagama
05/13/2017
Hunuwilagama
05/13/2017

This is a resident breeding species, which is also native to Bangladesh, China, India, Lao, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Viet Nam. These babblers are found throughout the lowlands up to mid hills. They are more common in the dry zone and the Uva hills. Four subspecies have been recognized.

  • C.s. hypoleucum
  • C.s. nasale
  • C.s. saturatius
  • C.s. sinense

The subspecies found in the country is C.s. nasale.

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.

This is a seldom seen species due to its skulking habits. I have always seen it in open scrublands, Chena lands adjacent to mana grass fields. It is widely distributed in the dry lowlands and mid hills throughout the country. The highest altitude at which I have seen it so far has been at Bambarella in the Knuckles forest reserve at 1540 meters.

In Wilpattu I have seen it at Hunuwilagama, Thanthirimale, Vilachchiya, Pomparippu and at Mila Villu. It is not found in the main villu or forested areas of the park.