Sri Lanka is a birder's paradise. I saw over 100 species of birds during my visit. Following are pictures of the birds from Sri Lanka that I could identify. At the end are a few pictures of birds that I couldn't identify. If you know any of them, please let me know.

The Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was great for bird watching.

Nature pictures of Sri Lanka and other bird pages are linked:

Nature, Sri Lanka
Nature Page for Sri Lanka
Bird Pages
Bird Pages

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Sri Lanka Birds

Eumyias sordidus
Dull-blue Flycatcher (Eumyias sordidus, french: Gobemouche de Ceylan). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (832k)
Muscicapa dauurica
Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica, french: Gobemouche brun). (585k)
Mirafra affinis
Jerdon's Bush Lark (Mirafra affinis, german: Jerdonlerche, french: Alouette du Dekkan). (578k)
Mirafra affinis
Jerdon's Bush Lark (Mirafra affinis, german: Jerdonlerche, french: Alouette du Dekkan). (2.3M)
Aegithina tiphia
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia, german: Garteniora, french: Petit Iora). (635k)
Prinia sylvatica
Jungle Prinia (Prinia sylvatica). (497k)
Prinia inornata
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata). (557k)
Leptocoma zeylonica
Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica, german: Ceylonnektarvogel). (610k)
Leptocoma zeylonica
Purple-rumped Sunbird (Leptocoma zeylonica, german: Ceylonnektarvogel). (1253k)
Zoothera imbricata
Sri Lanka Thrush (Zoothera imbricata, german: Erddrosseln, french: Grive de Ceylan). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (581k)
Hypothymis azurea
Black-naped Monarch (Hypothymis azurea, french: Tchitrec azuré). (693k)
Psilopogon haemacephalus indicus
Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus indicus, french: Barbu à plastron rouge). (555k)
Saxicola caprata atratus
Female Sri Lanka Pied Bush Chat (Saxicola caprata atratus, german: Wiesenschmätzer, french: Tarier pie). (561k)
Saxicola caprata atratus
Male Sri Lanka Pied Bush Chat (Saxicola caprata atratus, german: Wiesenschmätzer, french: Tarier pie). (417k)
Zosterops ceylonensis
Sri Lanka White-eye (Zosterops ceylonensis, french: Zostérops de Ceylan). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (660k)
Argya affinis
Yellow-billed Babbler (Argya affinis, german: Gelbschnabeldrossling, french: Cratérope affin). It is endemic to Sri Lanka and southern India. (760k)
Psilopogon zeylanicus
Brown-headed Barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus, french: Barbu à tête brune). (630k)
Turdus simillimus kinnisii
Female Kinnis' Blackbird (Turdus simillimus kinnisii, french: Merle des Nilgiri), a subspecies of the Indian Blackbird, endemic to Sri Lanka. (570k)
Hirundo rustica
Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica, german: Rauchschwalbe, french: Hirondelle rustique). (422k)
Merops orientalis
Little Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis, german: Smaragdspint, french: Guêpier d'Orient). (547k)
Merops leschenaulti
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti, german: Braunkopfspint, french: Guêpier de Leschenault). (578k)
Psittacula krameri
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri, german: Halsbandsittich, french: Perruche à collier). (953k)
Loriculus beryllinus
Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot (Loriculus beryllinus, german: Fledermauspapageien, french: Coryllis de Ceylan). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (641k)
Psittacula calthrapae
Female Layard's Parakeet (Psittacula calthrapae, german: Blauschwanzsittich, french: Perruche de Layard). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (580k)
Psittacula calthrapae
Male Layard's Parakeet (Psittacula calthrapae, german: Blauschwanzsittich, french: Perruche de Layard). (1354k)
Copsychus fulicatus
Indian Robin (Copsychus fulicatus, french: Pseudotraquet indien). (605k)
Copsychus saularis
Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis, german: Dajaldrossel, french: Shama dayal). (636k)
Motacilla cinerea
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea, german: Gebirgsstelze, french: Bergeronnette des ruisseaux). (700k)
Lonchura malacca
Tricolored Munia (Lonchura malacca, german: Schwarzbauchnonne, french: Capucin à dos marron). (762k)
Tephrodornis affinis
Sri Lanka Woodshrike (Tephrodornis affinis). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (735k)
Lanius cristatus
Juvenile Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus, german: Braunwürger, french: Pie-grièche brune). (799k)
Lanius cristatus
Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus, german: Braunwürger, french: Pie-grièche brune). (685k)
Dicrurus caerulescens
White-bellied Drongo (Dicrurus caerulescens, german: Graubrustdrongo, french: Drongo à ventre blanc). (481k)
Dicrurus lophorinus
Sri Lanka Drongo (Dicrurus lophorinus, french: Drongo drongup). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (650k)
Argya rufescens
Orange-billed Babbler (Argya rufescens, french: Cratérope de Ceylan). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (622k)
Rubigula melanicterus
Black-capped Bulbul (Rubigula melanicterus, french: Bulbul à tête noire). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (545k)
Pycnonotus cafer
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer, german: Rußbülbül, french: Bulbul à ventre rouge). (705k)
Pycnonotus cafer
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer, german: Rußbülbül, french: Bulbul à ventre rouge). (934k)
Hypsipetes ganeesa
Square-tailed Bulbul (Hypsipetes ganeesa). (558k)
Oriolus xanthornus
Black-hooded Oriole (Oriolus xanthornus, french: Loriot à capuchon noir). (514k)
Sturnornis albofrontatus
White-faced Starling (Sturnornis albofrontatus, french: Étourneau de Ceylan). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (502k)
Rhipidura aureola
White-browed Fantail (Rhipidura aureola, german: Weißstirn-Fächerschwanz, french: Rhipidure à grands sourcils). (624k)
Spilopelia chinensis
Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis, german: Perlhalstaube, french: Tourterelle tigrine). (544k)
Treron bicinctus
Orange-breasted Green Pigeon (Treron bicinctus, german: Bindengrüntaube, french: Colombar à double collier). (527k)
Ducula aenea
Green Imperial Pigeon (Ducula aenea, german: Bronzefruchttaube, french: Carpophage pauline). (552k)
Treron pompadora
Sri Lanka Green Pigeon (Treron pompadora, german: Andamanen-Grüntaube, french: Colombar pompadour). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (814k)
Chalcophaps indica robinsoni
Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica robinsoni, german: Graukappen-Glanztaube, french: Colombine turvert). (819k)
Acridotheres tristis
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis, german: Hirtenmaina, french: Martin triste). (955k)
Gracula ptilogenys
Sri Lanka Hill Myna (Gracula ptilogenys). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (821k)
Coracias benghalensis
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis, german: Hinduracke, french: Rollier indien). (651k)
Copsychus malabaricus
White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus, french: Shama à croupion blanc). (597k)
Clamator jacobinus
Jacobin Cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus, german: Jakobinerkuckuck, french: Coucou jacobin). (876k)
Centropus sinensis
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis, german: Heckenkuckuck, french: Grand Coucal). (927k)
Phaenicophaeus pyrrhocephalus
Red-faced Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus pyrrhocephalus, german: Rotgesicht-Malkoha, french: Malcoha à face rouge). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (1227k)
Corvus splendens
House Crow (Corvus splendens, german: Glanzkrähe, french: Corbeau familier). (637k)
Corvus macrorhynchos
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos, german: Dickschnabelkrähe, french: Corbeau à gros bec). (738k)
Batrachostomus moniliger
Pair of Sri Lanka Frogmouths (Batrachostomus moniliger, german: Ceylonfroschmaul, french: Podarge de Ceylan), female on the right. (661k)
Batrachostomus moniliger
Sri Lanka Frogmouth (Batrachostomus moniliger, german: Ceylonfroschmaul, french: Podarge de Ceylan). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (696k)
Yungipicus moluccensis
Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus moluccensis, french: Pic nain). (614k)
Anthracoceros coronatus
Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus, german: Malabarhornvogel, french: Calao de Malabar) in flight. (799k)
Anthracoceros coronatus
Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus, german: Malabarhornvogel, french: Calao de Malabar). (1071k)
Ocyceros gingalensis
Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis, german: Ceylon-Grautoko, french: Calao de Ceylan). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (478k)
Charadrius alexandrinus
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus, german: Seeregenpfeifer, french: Pluvier à collier interrompu). (1403k)
Pluvialis fulva
Non-breeding Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva, german: Sibirischer Goldregenpfeifer, french: Pluvier fauve). (928k)
Charadrius mongolus
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus, german: Mongolenregenpfeifer, french: Pluvier de Mongolie). (729k)
Tringa totanus
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus, german: Rotschenkel, french: Chevalier gambette). (659k)
Tringa glareola
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola, german: Bruchwasserläufer, french: Chevalier sylvain). (587k)
Tringa totanus
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus, german: Rotschenkel, french: Chevalier gambette). (1.6M)
Himantopus himantopus
Female Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus, german: Stelzenläufer, french: Échasse blanche). (1051k)
Himantopus himantopus
Male Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus, german: Stelzenläufer, french: Échasse blanche). (638k)
Limosa limosa
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa, german: Uferschnepfe, french: Barge à queue noire). (824k)
Vanellus indicus
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus, german: Rotlappenkiebitz, french: Vanneau indien). (755k)
Vanellus malabaricus
Yellow-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus malabaricus, german: Gelblappenkiebitz, french: Vanneau de Malabar), endemic to Sri Lanka and the Indian subcontinent. (1118k)
Chlidonias leucopterus
Non-breeding White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus, german: Weißflügelseeschwalbe, french: Guifette leucoptère). (567k)
Chlidonias leucopterus
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus, german: Weißflügelseeschwalbe, french: Guifette leucoptère). (626k)
Chlidonias leucopterus
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus, german: Weißflügelseeschwalbe, french: Guifette leucoptère). (593k)
Chlidonias hybrida
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida, german: Weißbart-Seeschwalbe, french: Guifette moustac) in flight. (620k)
Chlidonias hybrida
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida, german: Weißbart-Seeschwalbe, french: Guifette moustac). (461k)
Chlidonias hybrida
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida, german: Weißbart-Seeschwalbe, french: Guifette moustac) in winter plumage. (783k)
Esacus recurvirostris
Great Thick-knee (Esacus recurvirostris, french: Grand Œdicnème). (1.7M)
Tachybaptus ruficollis
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis, german: Zwergtaucher, french: Grèbe castagneux). (782k)
Dendrocygna javanica
Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica, german: Zwergpfeifgans, french: Dendrocygne siffleur). (849k)
Gallinago stenura
Pin-tailed Snipe (Gallinago stenura, german: Spießbekassine, french: Bécassine à queue pointue). (1094k)
Amaurornis phoenicurus
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus, french: Râle à poitrine blanche). (868k)
Porphyrio poliocephalus
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus). (793k)
Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus, german: Fasanblatthühnchen, french: Jacana à longue queue). (808k)
Ceryle rudis leucomelanurus
Asian Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis leucomelanurus, german: Graufischer, french: Martin-pêcheur pie). (632k)
Halcyon smyrnensis
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis, german: Braunliest, french: Martin-chasseur de Smyrne). (746k)
Ceyx erithaca
Black-backed Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca, german: Dschungelzwergfischer, french: Martin-pêcheur pourpré). (498k)
Microcarbo niger
Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger, german: Mohrenscharbe, french: Cormoran de Vieillot). (733k)
Microcarbo niger
Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger, german: Mohrenscharbe, french: Cormoran de Vieillot) drying its wings. (860k)
Anhinga melanogaster
Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster, german: Indischer Schlangenhalsvogel, french: Anhinga roux), drying its wings. (518k)
Anhinga melanogaster
Oriental Darters (Anhinga melanogaster, german: Indischer Schlangenhalsvogel, french: Anhinga roux). (792k)
Ardeola grayii
Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii, german: Paddyreiher, french: Crabier de Gray). (732k)
Ardeola grayii
Juvenile Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii, german: Paddyreiher, french: Crabier de Gray). (851k)
Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax
Eurasian Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax, german: Nachtreiher, french: Bihoreau gris). (758k)
Bubulcus ibis coromandus
Eastern Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis coromandus, german: Kuhreiher, french: Héron garde-bœufs) and Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus, german: Schwarzkopfibis, french: Ibis à tête noire). (981k)
Egretta garzetta garzetta
Western Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta, german: Seidenreiher, french: Aigrette garzette). (795k)
Bubulcus ibis coromandus
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis coromandus, german: Kuhreiher, french: Héron garde-bœufs). (607k)
Bubulcus ibis coromandus
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis coromandus, german: Kuhreiher, french: Héron garde-bœufs) and Indian Boar (Sus scrofa cristatus, german: Wildschwein, french: Sanglier). (637k)
Ardea alba modesta
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea alba modesta, german: Silberreiher, french: Grande Aigrette) and Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger, german: Mohrenscharbe, french: Cormoran de Vieillot). (975k)
Ardea alba modesta
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea alba modesta, german: Silberreiher, french: Grande Aigrette). (612k)
Ardea cinerea cinerea
Western Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea cinerea, german: Graureiher, french: Héron cendré) and Western Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta, german: Seidenreiher, french: Aigrette garzette) in flight. (879k)
Ardea cinerea cinerea
Western Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea cinerea, german: Graureiher, french: Héron cendré). (824k)
Ardea purpurea manilensis
Eastern Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea manilensis, german: Purpurreiher, french: Héron pourpré). (2.4M)
Pelecanus philippensis
Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis, german: Graupelikan, french: Pélican à bec tacheté). (536k)
Platalea leucorodia
Nesting Eurasian Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia, german: Löffler, french: Spatule blanche). (919k)
Platalea leucorodia
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia, german: Löffler, french: Spatule blanche). (679k)
Threskiornis melanocephalus
Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus, german: Schwarzkopfibis, french: Ibis à tête noire). (825k)
Anastomus oscitans
Asian Openbill Stork (Anastomus oscitans, german: Silberklaffschnabel, french: Bec-ouvert indien). (687k)
Anastomus oscitans
Asian Openbill Stork (Anastomus oscitans, german: Silberklaffschnabel, french: Bec-ouvert indien). (796k)
Mycteria leucocephala
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala, german: Buntstorch, french: Tantale indien). (1194k)
Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus, german: Riesenstorch, french: Jabiru d'Asie). (796k)
Ciconia episcopus episcopus
Asian Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus episcopus, german: Wollhalsstorch, french: Cigogne épiscopale). (1147k)
Ciconia episcopus episcopus
Asian Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus episcopus, german: Wollhalsstorch, french: Cigogne épiscopale). (865k)
Leptoptilos javanicus
Lesser Adjudant (Leptoptilos javanicus, german: Sunda-Marabu, french: Marabout chevelu). (1124k)
Leptoptilos javanicus
Lesser Adjudant (Leptoptilos javanicus, german: Sunda-Marabu, french: Marabout chevelu). (457k)
Gallus lafayettii
Female Sri Lankan Junglefowl (Gallus lafayettii, german: Ceylonhuhn, french: Coq de Lafayette). (824k)
Gallus lafayettii
Male Sri Lankan Junglefowl (Gallus lafayettii, german: Ceylonhuhn, french: Coq de Lafayette). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (821k)
Pavo cristatus singhalensis
Sri Lanka Peafowl (Pavo cristatus singhalensis, german: Blauer Pfau, french: Paon bleu). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (1078k)
Pavo cristatus singhalensis
Sri Lanka Peafowl (Pavo cristatus singhalensis, german: Blauer Pfau, french: Paon bleu). (951k)
Pavo cristatus singhalensis
Sri Lanka Peafowl (Pavo cristatus singhalensis, german: Blauer Pfau, french: Paon bleu). (552k)
Pavo cristatus singhalensis
Sri Lanka Peafowl (Pavo cristatus singhalensis, german: Blauer Pfau, french: Paon bleu). (564k)
Pavo cristatus singhalensis
Sri Lanka Peafowl (Pavo cristatus singhalensis, german: Blauer Pfau, french: Paon bleu). (954k)
Tyto alba
Barn Owl (Tyto alba, german: Schleiereule, french: Chouette effraie). (655k)
Ketupa zeylonensis
Brown Fish Owl (Ketupa zeylonensis, german: Wellenbrust-Fischuhu, french: Kétoupa brun). (864k)
Otus thilohoffmanni
Serendib Scops Owl (Otus thilohoffmanni, german: Serendib-Zwergohreule, french: Petit-duc de Sérendip). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (655k)
Haliastur indus
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus, german: Brahminenweih, french: Milan sacré). (663k)
Haliastur indus
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus, german: Brahminenweih, french: Milan sacré) in flight. (617k)
Elanus caeruleus vociferus
Asian Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus vociferus, german: Gleitaar, french: Élanion blac). (647k)
Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk Eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus, french: Aigle huppé). (646k)
Nisaetus cirrhatus
Juvenile Changeable Hawk Eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus, french: Aigle huppé). (932k)
Spilornis cheela
Juvenile Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela, german: Schlangenweihe, french: Serpentaire bacha). (638k)
Spilornis cheela
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela, german: Schlangenweihe, french: Serpentaire bacha) in flight. (692k)
Spilornis cheela
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela, german: Schlangenweihe, french: Serpentaire bacha) eating a snake. (888k)
Spilornis cheela
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela, german: Schlangenweihe, french: Serpentaire bacha) eating a snake. (945k)
Spilornis cheela
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela, german: Schlangenweihe, french: Serpentaire bacha). (585k)
Spilornis cheela
Close-up of a Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela, german: Schlangenweihe, french: Serpentaire bacha). (578k)
Haliaeetus leucogaster
White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster, german: Weißbauchseeadler, french: Pygargue blagre). (706k)
Haliaeetus leucogaster
White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster, german: Weißbauchseeadler, french: Pygargue blagre) in flight. (985k)
Haliaeetus leucogaster
Juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster, german: Weißbauchseeadler, french: Pygargue blagre). (482k)
Haliaeetus ichthyaetus
Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus ichthyaetus, german: Graukopfseeadler, french: Pygargue à tête grise). (772k)
Haliaeetus ichthyaetus
Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus ichthyaetus, german: Graukopfseeadler, french: Pygargue à tête grise) in flight. (580k)

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