Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sri Lankan Swallow / Martin : Babies

Swallows are common sight in a raining sky. Usually they fly up to very high altitudes with flocks and enjoy the rain. I'm lucky enough to have a swallow nest in my home which is located in Peradeniya ,Kandy. What i doubt is this particular species nested in our home is a House Martin or not. Martins and swallows both categorized under the Hirundinidae family. I searched all over the internet and couldn't find a bird that similar to the ones nested in my home. It's coloration is very similar to House Martin and Tree swallow but their belly feathers are black unlike the house martin.

These birds can fly very fast almost like a fighter jet they fly and take accurate curves. They like dark places to nest up, specially corners of the wall and roof sealing. Many swallows build their nests with mud sticked to the sealings and walls. They use their saliva as a component to make the mud and sticks, feathers to stick so strong to each other well. in our case ,they never used mud but leaf litter and all kinds of small sticks. it's quite hard and unbreakable for our natural force. That proofs how wonderful their saliva can work as a glue. Here are pictures of the nest in our home.

Following pictures i took last year. there was two babies and one couldn't make it. images are arranged as they grow up and open little eyes. Parents usually fed them small geckos and insects. After babies grown up and flew away, the adults didn't abandon the nest, they flew away at morning and come back in eve. No idea where they spent the whole day. There call is quite beautiful too. But annoying at nights if they scream.

Both babies felled down from nest several time and we had to put them back again and again. They are helpless if fell down at night when we also sleeping. Sadly one day it happened. one fell down and died. Here's the poor guy

If you have any questions about these Swallows/martins please leave a comment below and do help me to fin out it's real type. And do share the post with bird lovers and with those who interested in wild life.

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