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  • Ceylon Frogmouth (Batrachostomus moniliger), Matkan 2007.5-7
  • Description:

    Despite its locally common status the Ceylon Frogmouth remains poorly studied as a result of its cryptic plumage, highly reclusive behaviour and nocturnal activity patterns.  Knowledge of nesting behaviour is in particular somewhat deficient.  Nesting of this species was documented at Backwoods Camp, Matkan within the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary in 2007 - the single egg was inclubated by day by the male, with an incubation period of 20 days.  Once the chick hatched feeding responsibilities were shared by both male and female throughout the night, the chick leaving the nest with the male 22 days later.  The image shows the male assuming a protective position, adopted in response to disturbance or when, as here, sheltering the chick from heavier monsoon showers.