There are about 33 endemic bird species and 68 endemic subspecies in Sri Lanka. The majority of the endemic avifauna is found in the wet zone forests or the hills. Although, ALIYA is located in the dry zone of Sri Lanka, many endemic birds restricted to dry zone can be recognized in the vicinity of ALIYA.
Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis) and Brown-capped Babbler (Pellorneum fuscocapillus) are very frequently observable endemics at Aliya Resort and Spa.
SRI LANKA GREY HORNBILL
Endemic species, exist in lowland forests and hills up to 1300m. More frequently observed in dry zone.
Shows typical hornbill flight and spends more time on feeding hidden on forest trees. But at ALIYA you can observe feeding on fig fruits in open. Easily distinguishable from Malabar Pied due to the lacking of large casque.
Brown-capped babbler is an endemic resident breeding bird in sri lanka. Its habitat is forest undergrowth and thick scrub.
At ALIYA we were able to attract brown-capped babblers in to the hotel by creating the best habitats they prefer. As a result, these birds may be spotted skulks in undergrowth turning over leaves on ground seeking insects. More often heard “prit-tee-dear” voice than seen. Shy bird usually in pairs.
POMPADOUR GREEN PIGEON
Treron pompadora pompadora
Proposed endemic bird to Sri Lanka. More frequently observed feeding on natural fruits in the vicinity of ALIYA.
Formerly this bird was thought to be found in Indian subcontinent, but now it is accepted that it is endemic to Sri Lanka.
The conservation status of the bird is not recognized. However, it is noted that their population is declining due to the pressure of habitat destruction.
Presence of this bird at ALIYA , is a authentication of that we have provided necessary habitat for such wildlife.