Horizon team from Faculty of Science has observed Ruddy-breasted Crake, a rare bird species at Diyasaru Park
Ruddy-breasted Crake is an endangered species appearing in the IUCN red list. It is a shy water bird which belongs to Rallidae family. Ruddy Crake migrates to Sri Lanka in December and leaves by March. It is uncommon and rarely seen, because of lack of the habitat and the urbanization. The Horizon team (Batch 10 undergraduates following BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology) led by senior lecturers Mr Medisha Gunawardena and Mr Eranda Mandawala, were fortunate to spot this rare species on 11.12.2018 during their field visit to Diyasaru Biodiversity Park around Thalawathugoda. During this field visit, the undergraduates were able to expand their knowledge on Biodiversity of wet lands and importance of conserving them. It was a memorable experience for them as they were able to observe and learn about endemic and endangered flora and fauna in wetlands.