You may be excited to know that more than 100 spices of avian beauties are living in Colombo. Colombo can offer some of the easiest and most efficient birding opportunities than countryside in Sri Lanka. While Fort is the commercial city of Colombo, Capital district of Colombo offer rare urban forests and sanctuaries with extremely rich biodiversity which would offer you plenty of wildness, sounds, aromas, and sights of nature. Birdlife in the wetlands of Colombo is exotic with over 10 species of endemic and over 90 resident birds. In addition, this area is popular among a large variety of migratory birds, from August to February. While enjoying the throbbing birdlife and listening to their humming, you can catch glimpse of natural water ponds with varieties of lilies, marshes with seasonally-flooding grasslands and scattered pockets of scrubs. The co-existence of a significant number of butterfly species and various wild flowers that provide nectar is another salient feature of the forests of Colombo. When you are touring this great city, all you need to do is tune your ears to the frequency of the bird songs, let your body feel warmth of the water lakes, and open your senses to let the lush greenery dazzle your soul. here is the list of top 10 most beautiful birds in Colombo
01. PURPLE SWAMPHEN
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.
02. Green imperial pigeon
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.
03. Asian paradise flycatcher
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.
04. blue tailed bee eater
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.
05. pheasant tailed jacana
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.
06. Jerdon's leafbird
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.
07. pied kingfisher
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.
08. Crimson-fronted barbet
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.
09. Indian pitta
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.
10. black hooded oriole
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.