Another splendid capture at ALIYA is beautiful large sized foraging hornbills. It can be very easily identified due to its large Inimitable Bulky Beaks. At Aliya both the hornbills present in the island can be spotted, which is the endemic Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis) and Malabar Pied hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus). The Malabar Pied hornbill can be very easily distinguished from Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill due to its large casque on the bill. Grey Hornbill also can discover from its voice; “a loud kaa…kaa…ka ka ka ka and a rolling kuk-kuk-kuk ko ko kokoko”. If you give attention to this magnificent creature you possibly will get an opportunity to observe them on flight in front of the hotel gardens with the view of infinity pool and eye-catching lake, or may be easily notice while they are feeding on fruits of Banyan [Nuga in Sinhala] (Ficus benghalensis), Walu Nuga (Ficus benjamina) or Kon (Schleichera oleosa) trees.

Male bird with a Ficus fruit on the beak

Female bird on the same Ficus tree




Ocyceros gingalensis