Sri Lanka Whistling-thrush, Ceylon Whistling-Thrush, Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush

Sri Lanka Whistling-thrush, Ceylon Whistling-Thrush, Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush

Artist: Vicky Earle
Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
MUSCICAPIDAE
Order: 
PASSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Myophonus
Species: 
blighi
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Holdsworth, 1872)
Synonyms: 
Myiophoneus blighi subspecies blighi|Myiophonus blighi subspecies blighi
Medium: 
Watercolor
Artist Statement: 
The Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush (Myophonus blighi) is a secretive, ground-dwelling bird found only in dense mountain forests above 900 metres, although it is now found mainly between 1,200 and 2,100 metres. They prefer habitat close to streams, especially those in ravines and gorges. They build nests on rock ledges and in the forks of trees near waterfalls and fast moving water. The main threat to this species is the extensive clearance and degradation of mountain forests for agriculture, single crop plantations and gem mining. Even some ‘protected forests’ are unable to escape these threats, and continue to be degraded and fragmented greatly affecting this bird's ability to survive. Run-off from vegetable farms also pollute streams within its range. We can all make a positive impact for species in peril by being aware of the products we purchase, where those products come from and ensuring that the imported products we buy adhere to environmentally friendly practices.