Layard’s Parakeet (Alu Girawa)

Smaller than a Common Mynah, but with a longer tail, this lovely parakeet is easily recognized by its lavender-grey head and mantle, broad emerald green collar and deep cobalt blue tail. The male has a scarlet red beak while that of the female is black.Young of both sexes are green

Ceylon Lorikeet (Gira Malichcha)

The Ceylon Lorikeet is the smallest member of Sri Lanka’s parrot family. This sparrow sized bird is predominantly green with bright red on the forehead and crown which turns into a golden orange on the nape and hind neck before blending into the green of the mantle. The rump and

Ceylon Blue Magpie (Kehi bella)

One of the most spectacular birds of Sri Lanka, the Blue Magpie inhabits dense, virgin forests of the wet zone and the hill country. It is between a House Crow and a Mynah in size. Its gorgeous blue and chestnut plumage seen against a backdrop of verdant green is a

Ceylon Junglefowl (Wali-Kukula)

The Ceylon Junglefowl occurs throughout the island wherever there is adequate forest cover. In the hills it ventures into tea estates, which have forest cover close by. Though common, it is not easy to observe except in protected areas, as it is a shy bird which runs for cover at

Ceylon Hill Mynah (Salalihinihya)

The Ceylon Hill Mynah is distinguished from the Common Hill Mynah by its somewhat larger size, in having only two small wattles on the nape and black at the base of the orange-red beak. Its black plumage has a more purple sheen. The sexes are alike except in iris colour.

Ceylon Whistling Thrush (Arangaya)

The Ceylon Whistling Thrush has a very restricted range being confined to the wet montane forests over 680 metres. It is considered an endangered species. This is one of the most difficult to observe of all Sri Lankan birds. Often, the usual encounter one has with the Whistling Thrush is

Ceylon Grey Hornbill (Kedatha)

The Grey Hornbill is a bird of forest and well wooded areas. It is found both in the wet and dry zones and ascends the hills up to about 1300 metres. In the Dry zone it favours riverine forests though in the Wilpattu National Park it inhabits forest close to

Yellow-eared Bulbul (Kahakondaya)

This is another endemic bulbul. It is about the same size as a Red-vented Bulbul but fuller plumaged. Its distinctive black and white head markings and yellow ‘ear tufts’ makes identification easy. Both sexes are alike in appearance. This is primarily a hill bird found only above 1000 metres but


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