Birds of Sri Lanka

    BIRDS  OF SRI LANKA      For sheer concentration of bird life in proportion to land area Sri Lanka has no rival.  There are 426 species on the island’s avifaunal list, 227 are residents of which 27 are endemic species.      Feathers of Paradise                                      There are many kinds of birds … Continue reading

Serendib Scops Owl

  Serendib Scops Owl    The Serendib Scops Owl (Otus thilohoffmanni) is the most recently discovered bird of Sri Lanka. The astonishing discovery of this tiny owl in 2001 in the southern rain forests of Sri Lanka stunned biologists around the world, representing the first new bird species to be identified in the country since … Continue reading

Chestnut-backed Owlet

  Chestnut-backed Owlet           The Chestnut-backed Owlet, Glaucidium castanonotum, is an owl which is endemic to Sri Lanka. This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae. In Sri Lanka, … Continue reading

Black-throated Munia

 Black-throated Munia        The Black-throated Munia or Jerdon’s Mannikin (Lonchura kelaarti) is a small passerine bird. This estrildid finch is a resident breeding bird in the hills of southwest India, the Eastern Ghats and Sri Lanka. Identification  Smaller than the House Sparrow. Sexes alike, and the young are similar but duller and more … Continue reading

Sri Lanka Myna

  Sri Lanka Myna           The Sri Lanka Myna, Ceylon Myna or Sri Lanka Hill Myna (Gracula ptilogenys), is a myna, a member of the starling family. This bird is endemic to Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, this bird is known in many names including Sela lihiniya, Mal kawadiya, Kampatiya in … Continue reading

Dull-blue Flycatcher

  Dull-blue Flycatcher           The Dull-blue Flycatcher , Eumyias sordida, is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae. This species is an endemic resident breeder in the hills of central Sri Lanka. Identification  This species is 15cm long. It is similar in shape to the Spotted Flycatcher and has … Continue reading

Sri Lanka Bush Warbler

    Sri Lanka Bush Warbler         The Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Ceylon Bush Warbler or Palliser’s Warbler (Elaphrornis palliseri) is an Old World warbler which is an endemic resident breeder in Sri Lanka, where it is the only bush warbler. Sri Lanka Bush Warbler has sometimes been placed in genus Bradypterus; … Continue reading

Sri Lanka Orange-billed babbler

  Sri Lanka Orange-billed babbler           The Orange-billed Babbler, Turdoides rufescens, also known as Ceylon Rufous Babbler or Sri Lankan Rufous Babbler is an Old World babbler. The Old World babblers are a large family of Old World passerine birds characterised by soft fluffy plumage. These are birds of tropical areas, … Continue reading

Brown-Capped Babbler

   Brown-Capped Babbler           The Brown-capped Babbler (Pellorneum fuscocapillus) is an Old World babbler. The Old World babblers are a large family of passerine birds characterised by soft fluffy plumage. These are birds of tropical areas, with the greatest variety in southeast Asia. The Brown-capped Babbler is an endemic resident breeding … Continue reading

White-faced Starling

  White-faced Starling      The White-faced Starling, Sturnus albofrontatus, is a member of the starling family of birds. It is an endemic resident breeder in Sri Lanka. It was for a long time erroneously known as S. senex; this was eventually identified as a junior synonym of the Red-billed Starling (Mees 1997). In Sri … Continue reading