Birds of Sri Lanka

A selection of pictures taken in January and February 2004

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The Barbets

Three species of Barbet were seen, the Brown-headed Barbet, Yellow-fronted Barbet (endemic) and Crimson-fronted Barbet. A Coppersmith Barbet was heard but not seen.

Scarlet Minivet

Small Minivets and Scarlet Minivets were seen but only the latter were photographed. The males are dark grey and scarlet while the females are lighter grey and yellow.


Three species of sunbirds were seen, the most common being Loten's Sunbird and Purple-rumped Sunbird. The Purple Sunbird was only seen at Yala.


Pigeons and Doves

Four species of Pigeon (Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Green Imperial Pigeon, Rock Pigeon and Orange-breasted Green Pigeon) and two species of Dove (Spotted and Emerald) were seen and photographed



Five species of Bulbul were seen and photographed, the best being the Red-vented Bulbul which is common everywhere and the Yellow-eared Bulbul in the hills.


Several Flycatcher species were seen but only six were photographed, these being Dull Blue Flycatcher, Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Kashmir Flycatcher, White-browed Fantail Flycatcher, Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike and Asian Paradise Flycatcher.



Four species of Kingfisher were seen and photographed, Common Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher and Stork-billed Kingfisher.

Cuckoos, Coucals & Koels

This page covers the Grey-bellied Cuckoo, seen at Yala Game Lodge, the Greater Coucal and the Asian Koel.

Indian Pitta

This Pitta was seen in the same place on 2 consecutive evenings and on the second one there was enough light for plenty of photographs to be taken.


Assorted birds

A number of species and even families were only photographed once and this page is set up for them.

There are more pages - links to all pages appear below and at the bottom of every page.


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Page created 6th March 2004.

Updated 26th April 2004.

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