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Birds of Sri Lanka

This isn’t about all birds in Sri Lanka, but rather, birds that I’ve seen and photographed. I’m keeping a general repository list here. Granted, it’ll likely be more for my reference than anyone else’s – I need to look up names on occasion to remember what a bird is named – but you might benefit from it as well. Or be amused at my birdie pictures. 🙂

This page is a work-in-progress, one that I’ll update as I take more photos (or locate ones that I took months or years ago) and as I identify bird names, no doubt with the help of many others. I hope you enjoy. 😀


Birds that haven’t been identified:

Parrot

unknown parrot, Sri Lankaunknown parrot, Sri Lanka

Sunbird, possibly

Likely a type of sunbird, but which one, I don’t know.

unknown bird, Sri Lanka

Dicrurus caerulescens ???

White Bellied Drongo, aka Kauda (Sinhala). I think – need confirmation.

White Bellied Drongo, aka Kauda (Sinhala), Dicrurus caerulescensWhite Bellied Drongo, aka Kauda (Sinhala), Dicrurus caerulescens


Birds that have been identified:

Acridotheres tristis melanosternus

Common Myna. Known locally as Myna.

common myna, Acridotheres tristis, Sri Lankacommon myna, Acridotheres tristis, Sri Lanka

Ardeola grayii

Indian Pond Heron. Known locally as Kana Koka.

Kana koka or Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)

Bubulcus ibis

Cattle Egret, or Gava-koka (Sinhala).

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Gava-koka

Centropus sinensis

Greater Coucal. Also known locally as Atikukula (also spelled Atti Kukkula), Bu Kukkula.

Atikukula or Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)Atikukula or Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)

Copsychus saularis

Oriental Magpie Robin. Known locally as Polkichcha (Sinhala).

Polkichcha or Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis)

Corvus splendens

Colombo Crows, House Crows.

Colombo Crows (Corvus splendens)

Halcyon smymensis race fusca

White-Throated Kingfisher, Whte-Breasted Kingfisher, Smyrna Kingfisher. Known as Vichuli (Tamil) and Pilihuduwa (Sinhala).

Halcyon smymensis race fusca, white throated kingfisherHalcyon smymensis race fusca, white throated kingfisher

Leptocoma zeylonica

Purple-rumped Sunbird, Pani Kurulla.

leptocoma zeylonica, purple rumped sunbirdleptocoma zeylonica, purple rumped sunbird

Lonchura striata

White-Rumped Munia, Nitamba Sudu Vikurulla.

white-rumped munia, Lonchura striata, Nitamba Sudu Vikurulla, Sri Lankawhite-rumped munia, Lonchura striata, Nitamba Sudu Vikurulla, Sri Lanka

Megalaima zeylanica

Brown-Headed Barbet, also known as Polos Kottoruwa in Sinhala.

Brown-Headed Barbet, also known as Polos Kottoruwa in Sinhala.Brown-Headed Barbet, also known as Polos Kottoruwa in Sinhala.

Oriolus xanthornus

Kaha Kurulla (Sinhala), which translates to ‘yellow bird’, aka Black-hooded Oriole.

Kaha Kurulla (Sinhala, which translates to ‘yellow bird’, aka Black-hooded Oriole. Oriolus xanthornus

Orthotomus sutorius

Common Tailorbird. Also known locally as Battichcha (Sinhala).

Battichcha or Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)Battichcha or Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)

Psittacula krameri

Rose-Ringed Parakeets, also known as Rena Girava (Sinhala).

Psittacula krameri,

Pycnonotus cafer

Red Vented Bulbul. Also known locally as Kondaya or Konda Kurulla.

Red Vented Bulbul, Pycnonotus caferRed Vented Bulbul, Pycnonotus cafer

Streptopelia chinensis

Spotted Dove, also known as the Spotted Turtle Dove, Chinese Dove, and Alu Kobeiya (Sinhala)

Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis), also known as the Spotted Turtle Dove, Chinese Dove, and Alu Kobeiya (Sinhala)

Turboides affinis

Yellow-Billed Babbler. Also known locally as the Seven Sisters and Demalichcha (Sinhala).

Yellow-Billed Babbler (Turboides affinis)Yellow-Billed Babbler (Turboides affinis)

Edited 27 February 2010

5 thoughts on “Birds of Sri Lanka”

  1. Its incredible how many of these birds Id confused with ones here in America. Especially the Dove and the Tailor bird. Seems no matter where I go I run into some form of Morning Dove. Oh please, More pictures of the Kingfisher! Truly impressive. By the way do you have as bad a problem with smog in Sri Lanka as I had in Manila taking pictures?
    Mite go to : http://whatistheeye.wordpress.com
    nice info on eye problems, anywho, GREAT Post! Looking forward to more!

  2. Lee, we live far enough out from the city that smog isn’t so much of a problem here.

    I’ve been trying to get better pictures of the kingfisher, but they just haven’t been cooperating. As soon as I get better ones, I’ll post them. 🙂

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