Wetland birds of Sri Lanka

Wetland birds – Purple swamp-hen, Indian pond herons including a splendid example in full breeding plumage, yellow and red wattled lapwings, little cormorant, white-breasted waterhen and chick, lesser whistling duck, purple heron and pheasant-tailed jacana.  This latter bird practices reverse sexual polyandry where the male cares for the eggs and chicks while the female trips off to find another mate and nests again, sometimes up to four times.  This allows for a greater chance of, at least, some of her chicks surviving.

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