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:
Likely a type of sunbird, but which one, I don’t know.
Dicrurus caerulescens ???
White Bellied Drongo, aka Kauda (Sinhala). I think – need confirmation.
Birds that have been identified:
Acridotheres tristis melanosternus
Common Myna. Known locally as Myna.
Indian Pond Heron. Known locally as Kana Koka.
Cattle Egret, or Gava-koka (Sinhala).
Greater Coucal. Also known locally as Atikukula (also spelled Atti Kukkula), Bu Kukkula.
Oriental Magpie Robin. Known locally as Polkichcha (Sinhala).
Colombo Crows, House Crows.
Halcyon smymensis race fusca
White-Throated Kingfisher, Whte-Breasted Kingfisher, Smyrna Kingfisher. Known as Vichuli (Tamil) and Pilihuduwa (Sinhala).
Purple-rumped Sunbird, Pani Kurulla.
White-Rumped Munia, Nitamba Sudu Vikurulla.
Brown-Headed Barbet, also known as Polos Kottoruwa in Sinhala.
Kaha Kurulla (Sinhala), which translates to ‘yellow bird’, aka Black-hooded Oriole.
Common Tailorbird. Also known locally as Battichcha (Sinhala).
Rose-Ringed Parakeets, also known as Rena Girava (Sinhala).
Red Vented Bulbul. Also known locally as Kondaya or Konda Kurulla.
Spotted Dove, also known as the Spotted Turtle Dove, Chinese Dove, and Alu Kobeiya (Sinhala)
Yellow-Billed Babbler. Also known locally as the Seven Sisters and Demalichcha (Sinhala).
Edited 27 February 2010