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Purple Swamphen, locally known as Kithala, is a very common and easily spot-able bird in wetlands in Colombo. This hen-sized bird has long legs, distinctive sheeny purple colored wings, and a reddish bill.
This spectacular large pigeon lives in forest canopies, feeding mainly on fruits. This bird can be spotted in forest patches in Colombo, in particular, during the fruiting season. Green Imperial Pigeon catches your eye because of the metallic green back, wings, and tails.
Ceylon Paradise Flycatcher is a subspecies of Indian Paradise Flycatcher. This bird is known to have distinctive aerodynamic capabilities, supported by a slender body and a long tail, to catch insects in flight. Ceylon Paradise Flycatchers have chestnut upper part and a black head and can be spotted in dry, lower land forest patches in Colombo.
This is another colorful spectacle among Sri Lankan birds. There are four Bee-eater species in Sri Lanka, and Blue Tailed Bee Eater is the largest and more distinctively has a central tail feathers. The bird is predominantly green and has black eye stripes, blue cheeks and a yellow chin.
This is a wader bird with unique wide feet and claws which let them walk on floating vegetation. This is the only Jacana with breeding plumage. During breeding plumage, the body turns blackish and becomes long. In non-breeding plumage, the upper parts turns greenish brown and underparts white.
This is another colorful bird found in woodlands of Colombo. Both the male and female Jerdon’s Leafbirds are predominantly green. The only noticeable color difference is, female has a blue throat, while the male has a black throat.
Pied Kingfishers are locally known as River Kingfisher, since they are spotted flying up and down rivers in lower wetlands. With a black and white plumage, this bird is distinctively different from all the other 7 kingfisher species in Sri Lanka.
These Barbets are probably the most widespread endemic bird Sri Lanka and can be spotted easily in Colombo. Crimson-Fronted Barbets are small and have a green plumage with a blue spot down the side of the head and a black arch behind the eye.
Indian Pitta, commonly known as Avichchiya, is a migrant bird to Sri Lanka, and is often found in home gardens in Colombo. This beautiful bird has a stunning yellow-brown crown, black eye-stripe, white throat, green upper part, and a blue tail.
Locally known as Kaha Kurulla (Yellow bird), Black-Hooded Oriole is a common spectacle in urban home gardens. These birds feed on fruits and insects. The plumage of Black-Hooded Oriole is predominantly yellow with black wing-trailing edges and a tail.
Even looking at these photographs will simply make our mouth agape with awe. To appreciate their beauty we need not be a avid bird watcher. Yes, there are some ideal places in the world to watch those most beautiful bird that are dripping with colors and feathers.
Thanks for share !! Cool article & Beautiful Avian beauties which can not be seen in Europe. Hope the best time for birding in Sri Lanka is from November to March, out of the storm timeframes ??