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. One of the best places for bird watching was the Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve.

The Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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). (636k)
Prinia sylvatica
Jungle Prinia (Prinia sylvatica). (499k)
Prinia inornata
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata). (573k)
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. (592k)
Hypothymis azurea
Black-naped Monarch (Hypothymis azurea, french: Tchitrec azuré). (693k)
Psilopogon haemacephalus indicus
Coppersmith Barbet ssp. indicus (Psilopogon haemacephalus indicus, french: Barbu à plastron rouge). (556k)
Saxicola caprata atratus
Female Sri Lanka Pied Bush Chat (Saxicola caprata atratus, german: Wiesenschmätzer, french: Tarier pie). (569k)
Saxicola caprata atratus
Male Sri Lanka Pied Bush Chat (Saxicola caprata atratus, german: Wiesenschmätzer, french: Tarier pie). (418k)
Zosterops ceylonensis
Sri Lanka White-eye (Zosterops ceylonensis, french: Zostérops de Ceylan). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (665k)
Argya affinis
Yellow-billed Babbler (Argya affinis, german: Gelbschnabel­drossling, french: Cratérope affin). It is endemic to Sri Lanka and southern India. (795k)
Psilopogon zeylanicus
Brown-headed Barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus, french: Barbu à tête brune). (647k)
Turdus simillimus kinnisii
Female Kinnis' Blackbird (Turdus simillimus kinnisii, french: Merle des Nilgiri), a subspecies of the Indian Blackbird, endemic to Sri Lanka. (586k)
Hirundo rustica
Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica, german: Rauchschwalbe, french: Hirondelle rustique). (425k)
Merops orientalis
Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis, german: Smaragdspint, french: Guêpier d'Orient). (561k)
Merops leschenaulti
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti, german: Braunkopfspint, french: Guêpier de Leschenault). (590k)
Psittacula krameri
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri, german: Halsbandsittich, french: Perruche à collier). (1000k)
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. (603k)
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). (637k)
Motacilla cinerea
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea, german: Gebirgsstelze, french: Bergeronnette des ruisseaux). (727k)
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. (770k)
Lanius cristatus
Juvenile Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus, german: Braunwürger, french: Pie-grièche brune). (835k)
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). (490k)
Dicrurus lophorinus
Sri Lanka Drongo (Dicrurus lophorinus, french: Drongo drongup). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (670k)
Argya rufescens
Orange-billed Babbler (Argya rufescens, french: Cratérope de Ceylan). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (637k)
Rubigula melanicterus
Black-capped Bulbul (Rubigula melanicterus, french: Bulbul à tête noire). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (550k)
Pycnonotus cafer
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer, german: Rußbülbül, french: Bulbul à ventre rouge). (742k)
Pycnonotus cafer
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer, german: Rußbülbül, french: Bulbul à ventre rouge). (1000k)
Hypsipetes ganeesa
Square-tailed Bulbul (Hypsipetes ganeesa). (567k)
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). (636k)
Spilopelia chinensis
Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis, german: Perlhalstaube, french: Tourterelle tigrine). (560k)
Treron bicinctus
Orange-breasted Green Pigeon (Treron bicinctus, german: Bindengrüntaube, french: Colombar à double collier). (528k)
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
Sri Lanka Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica robinsoni, german: Graukappen-Glanztaube, french: Colombine turvert). (862k)
Acridotheres tristis
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis, german: Hirtenmaina, french: Martin triste). (1016k)
Gracula ptilogenys
Sri Lanka Hill Myna (Gracula ptilogenys). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (888k)
Coracias benghalensis
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis, german: Hinduracke, french: Rollier indien). (651k)
Copsychus malabaricus
White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus, french: Shama à croupion blanc). (608k)
Clamator jacobinus
Jacobin Cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus, german: Jakobinerkuckuck, french: Coucou jacobin). (876k)
Centropus sinensis
Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis, german: Heckenkuckuck, french: Grand Coucal). (990k)
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). (652k)
Corvus macrorhynchos
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos, german: Dickschnabel­krähe, french: Corbeau à gros bec). (760k)
Batrachostomus moniliger
Pair of Sri Lanka Frogmouths (Batrachostomus moniliger, german: Ceylonfroschmaul, french: Podarge de Ceylan), female on the right. (687k)
Batrachostomus moniliger
Sri Lanka Frogmouth (Batrachostomus moniliger, german: Ceylonfroschmaul, french: Podarge de Ceylan). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (722k)
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). (1166k)
Ocyceros gingalensis
Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis, german: Ceylon-Grautoko, french: Calao de Ceylan). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (481k)
Charadrius alexandrinus seebohmi
Hanuman Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus seebohmi, german: Seeregenpfeifer, french: Pluvier à collier interrompu). (1403k)
Pluvialis fulva
Non-breeding Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva, german: Sibirischer Goldregenpfeifer, french: Pluvier fauve). (989k)
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). (691k)
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). (1108k)
Himantopus himantopus
Male Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus, german: Stelzenläufer, french: Échasse blanche). (643k)
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). (776k)
Vanellus malabaricus
Yellow-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus malabaricus, german: Gelblappen­kiebitz, french: Vanneau de Malabar), endemic to Sri Lanka and the Indian subcontinent. (1188k)
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). (627k)
Chlidonias leucopterus
White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus, german: Weißflügelsee­schwalbe, french: Guifette leucoptère). (594k)
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). (470k)
Chlidonias hybrida
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida, german: Weißbart-Seeschwalbe, french: Guifette moustac) in winter plumage. (784k)
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). (1180k)
Amaurornis phoenicurus
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus, french: Râle à poitrine blanche). (917k)
Porphyrio poliocephalus
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus). (825k)
Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus, german: Fasanblatt­hühnchen, french: Jacana à longue queue). (844k)
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
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca, german: Dschungelzwerg­fischer, french: Martin-pêcheur pourpré). (500k)
Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis
Continental Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis, german: Kormoran, french: Grand Cormoran), left, and Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger, german: Mohrenscharbe, french: Cormoran de Vieillot), right. (758k)
Microcarbo niger
Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger, german: Mohrenscharbe, french: Cormoran de Vieillot) drying its wings. (902k)
Anhinga melanogaster
Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster, german: Indischer Schlangenhals­vogel, french: Anhinga roux), drying its wings. (529k)
Anhinga melanogaster
Oriental Darters (Anhinga melanogaster, german: Indischer Schlangenhals­vogel, french: Anhinga roux). (818k)
Ardeola grayii
Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii, german: Paddyreiher, french: Crabier de Gray). (760k)
Ardeola grayii
Juvenile Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii, german: Paddyreiher, french: Crabier de Gray). (892k)
Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax
Old World Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax, german: Nachtreiher, french: Bihoreau gris). (799k)
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). (1025k)
Egretta garzetta garzetta
Western Little Egret (Egretta garzetta garzetta, german: Seidenreiher, french: Aigrette garzette). (829k)
Bubulcus ibis coromandus
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis coromandus, german: Kuhreiher, french: Héron garde-bœufs). (623k)
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). (651k)
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). (1028k)
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. (934k)
Ardea cinerea cinerea
Western Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea cinerea, german: Graureiher, french: Héron cendré). (876k)
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). (542k)
Platalea leucorodia
Nesting Eurasian Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia, german: Löffler, french: Spatule blanche). (965k)
Platalea leucorodia
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia, german: Löffler, french: Spatule blanche). (694k)
Threskiornis melanocephalus
Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus, german: Schwarzkopfibis, french: Ibis à tête noire). (872k)
Anastomus oscitans
Asian Openbill Stork (Anastomus oscitans, german: Silberklaff­schnabel, french: Bec-ouvert indien). (707k)
Anastomus oscitans
Asian Openbill Stork (Anastomus oscitans, german: Silberklaff­schnabel, french: Bec-ouvert indien). (821k)
Mycteria leucocephala
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala, german: Buntstorch, french: Tantale indien). (1266k)
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). (1210k)
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). (1188k)
Leptoptilos javanicus
Lesser Adjudant (Leptoptilos javanicus, german: Sunda-Marabu, french: Marabout chevelu). (468k)
Gallus lafayettii
Female Sri Lankan Junglefowl (Gallus lafayettii, german: Ceylonhuhn, french: Coq de Lafayette). (879k)
Gallus lafayettii
Male Sri Lankan Junglefowl (Gallus lafayettii, german: Ceylonhuhn, french: Coq de Lafayette). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (871k)
Pavo cristatus singhalensis
Sri Lanka Peafowl (Pavo cristatus singhalensis, german: Blauer Pfau, french: Paon bleu). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (1127k)
Pavo cristatus singhalensis
Sri Lanka Peafowl (Pavo cristatus singhalensis, german: Blauer Pfau, french: Paon bleu). (1000k)
Pavo cristatus singhalensis
Sri Lanka Peafowl (Pavo cristatus singhalensis, german: Blauer Pfau, french: Paon bleu). (560k)
Pavo cristatus singhalensis
Sri Lanka Peafowl (Pavo cristatus singhalensis, german: Blauer Pfau, french: Paon bleu). (568k)
Pavo cristatus singhalensis
Sri Lanka Peafowl (Pavo cristatus singhalensis, german: Blauer Pfau, french: Paon bleu). (978k)
Tyto alba
Barn Owl (Tyto alba, german: Schleiereule, french: Chouette effraie). (667k)
Ketupa zeylonensis
Brown Fish Owl (Ketupa zeylonensis, german: Wellenbrust-Fischuhu, french: Kétoupa brun). (910k)
Otus thilohoffmanni
Serendib Scops Owl (Otus thilohoffmanni, german: Serendib-Zwergohreule, french: Petit-duc de Sérendip). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (670k)
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). (662k)
Nisaetus cirrhatus
Juvenile Changeable Hawk Eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus, french: Aigle huppé). (987k)
Spilornis cheela
Juvenile Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela, german: Schlangenweihe, french: Serpentaire bacha). (678k)
Spilornis cheela
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela, german: Schlangenweihe, french: Serpentaire bacha) in flight. (701k)
Spilornis cheela
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela, german: Schlangenweihe, french: Serpentaire bacha) eating a snake. (942k)
Spilornis cheela
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela, german: Schlangenweihe, french: Serpentaire bacha) eating a snake. (1008k)
Spilornis cheela
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela, german: Schlangenweihe, french: Serpentaire bacha). (597k)
Spilornis cheela
Close-up of a Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela, german: Schlangenweihe, french: Serpentaire bacha). (586k)
Haliaeetus leucogaster
White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster, german: Weißbauchsee­adler, french: Pygargue blagre). (750k)
Haliaeetus leucogaster
White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster, german: Weißbauchsee­adler, french: Pygargue blagre) in flight. (1021k)
Haliaeetus leucogaster
Juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster, german: Weißbauchsee­adler, french: Pygargue blagre). (489k)
Haliaeetus ichthyaetus
Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus ichthyaetus, german: Graukopfseeadler, french: Pygargue à tête grise). (830k)
Haliaeetus ichthyaetus
Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus ichthyaetus, german: Graukopfseeadler, french: Pygargue à tête grise) in flight. (586k)

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