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Are tall buildings trouble migrants visiting Sri Lanka..??

20 Sep

It is reported that millions of birds are killed each year in collisions with the tall buildings elsewhere in the world. Lights in the high rising structures are particular death traps, so in some cities of USA, the unwanted lights of the buildings are switched off or purposely dimmed to minimize the damage during peak of the migratory seasons. Development has reached Sri Lanka and there are lots of sky-scrapers mushrooming in main cities. There are communications towers too erected in many places. Have these become death traps to many of the migrant birds in Sri Lanka..?

Let’s try to find our whether tall buildings trouble migrants visiting Sri Lanka too.

(1) If your workplace is at a tall building, keep an eye for injured / death birds found in vicinity. Perhaps you can ask the department / or the external agency that carry out cleaning / janitorial services to alert you if such bird is found as they will be the first to encounter such troubled migrants.

(2) If the bird is dead, you can simply take a photo for the records (using a mobile phone..?) and email or share on FB page

(3) If the bird is alive and injured, protect them from dogs, cats, crows, shikras etc. and monitor whether it recovers itself. Handle them gently only if necessary and keep them in a dark, quiet and warm place if too weak to fly. You can contact MigrantWATCH team on following numbers for more instructions 0718440144/ 0712289022/ 0777356931

(2) Please share past records on cases where migrants collide on buildings at onset of toward the end of migratory season.

This Slaty-legged Crake was rescued from Lucky Plaza building in Colombo during first MigrantWATCH held in 2011..

Slaty-legged Crake2 - lucky Plaza Building - 17.11.2013

Slaty-legged Crake - lucky Plaza Building - 17.11.2013



Let’s try to help the migrants..!!


Slaty-legged Crake: a migrant prone to exhaustion..?

7 Dec

..this exhausted Slaty-legged Crake has been rescued by Naren Gunasekera on 06th.December 2013 morning from Mt.Lavinia beach. Let’s all hope the bird will soon get fully recover..

Slaty-legged Crake- mt.lavinia - 06.12.2013 (c) Naren G

Exhausted Slaty-legged Crakes have been recorded from Colombo and suburbs more often during onset of migratory season.. Following are some of the records of Slaty-legged Crake from previous migratory seasons. 

Slaty legged Crake rescued in 2011 from Lucky Plaza at Colpetty - heart of colombo

2011: Slaty legged Crake rescued in 2011 from Lucky Plaza at Colpetty – heart of colombo. Through the launch of MigrantWATCH in 2011; the contact numbers public can get help if they see a troubled migrant has been announced. MigrantWATCH 2011/12 cordinators received a call from officers of Lucky Plaza building in colombo-03 (Kolpetty) that an exhausted bird is hiding near a stair case. We asked them to bring it the FOGSL secretariat at University of Colombo. The bird had no injuries and fully recovered in the evening. Nashath Haffi had released the bird at a marshy area in Kolonnawa.


2009: This Slaty-legged Crake was rescued near the Bambalapitiya flats on November 28, 2009. Those who spotted the unusual bird alerted Tariq Abideen, a member of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL). This has been published as news in SundayTimes.

Slaty-legged Crake - Imashi Opatha - 07.12.2003 - Dehiwala (c) Imashi Opatha

2003: This Slaty-legged Crake was reported by Imashi Opatha from Dehiwala on 07.12.2003. Please note the day it has been reported – it is exactly 10 years ago on the same day. I think this bird too show signs of exhaustion that enabled Imashi to capture these series of images relatively easier. So could it be that the a population of Slaty-legged Crake arrive Sri Lanka in early December..??