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). 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)
Aegithina tiphia
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia, german: Garteniora, french: Petit Iora). (635k)
Prinia hodgsonii
Grey-breasted Prinia (Prinia hodgsonii). (497k)
Prinia sylvatica
Jungle Prinia (Prinia sylvatica). (557k)
Prinia socialis
Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis). (610k)
Prinia socialis
Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis). (1253k)
Zoothera imbricata
Sri Lanka Thrush (Zoothera imbricata, german: Erddrosseln, french: Grive de Ceylan). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (581k)
Anthus rufulus
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus, german: Pieper (Gattung)). (2.3M)
Locustella naevia
Common Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia, german: Feldschwirl, french: Locustelle tachetée). (561k)
Hypothymis azurea
Black-naped Monarch (Hypothymis azurea, french: Tchitrec azuré). (693k)
Psilopogon rubricapillus
Crimson-fronted Barbet (Psilopogon rubricapillus, french: Barbu à couronne rouge). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (555k)
Saxicola caprata
Pied Bush Chat (Saxicola caprata, 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, german: Echte Drosseln, 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 striata
White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata, german: Spitzschwanz-Bronzemännchen, french: Capucin domino). (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, german: Drongos). 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)
Pycnonotus melanicterus
Black-capped Bulbul (Pycnonotus 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 dubius
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius, german: Flussregenpfeifer, french: Petit Gravelot). (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 glareola
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola, german: Bruchwasserläufer, french: Chevalier sylvain). (659k)
Actitis hypoleucos
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos, german: Flussuferläufer, french: Chevalier guignette). (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 niger
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger, german: Trauerseeschwalbe, french: Guifette noire). (626k)
Gelochelidon nilotica
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica, german: Lachseeschwalbe, french: Sterne hansel). (461k)
Gelochelidon nilotica
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica, german: Lachseeschwalbe, french: Sterne hansel) in flight. (620k)
Gelochelidon nilotica
Non-breeding Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica, german: Lachseeschwalbe, french: Sterne hansel). (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 gallinago
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago, german: Bekassine, french: Bécassine des marais). (1094k)
Amaurornis phoenicurus
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus, french: Râle à poitrine blanche). (868k)
Gallinula chloropus
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus, german: Teichralle, french: Gallinule poule-d'eau). (793k)
Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus, german: Fasanblatthühnchen, french: Jacana à longue queue). (808k)
Ceryle rudis
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis, 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
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax, german: Nachtreiher, french: Bihoreau gris). (758k)
Bubulcus ibis
Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis, german: Kuhreiher, french: Héron garde-bœufs) and Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus, german: Schwarzkopfibis, french: Ibis à tête noire). (981k)
Egretta garzetta
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta, german: Seidenreiher, french: Aigrette garzette). (795k)
Bubulcus ibis
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis, german: Kuhreiher, french: Héron garde-bœufs). (607k)
Bubulcus ibis
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis, german: Kuhreiher, french: Héron garde-bœufs) and Wild Boar (Sus scrofa, german: Wildschwein, french: Sanglier). (637k)
Ardea alba
Great Egret (Ardea alba, german: Silberreiher, french: Grande Aigrette) and Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger, german: Mohrenscharbe, french: Cormoran de Vieillot). (975k)
Ardea alba
Great Egret (Ardea alba, german: Silberreiher, french: Grande Aigrette). (612k)
Ardea cinerea
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea, german: Graureiher, french: Héron cendré) and Little Egret (Egretta garzetta, german: Seidenreiher, french: Aigrette garzette) in flight. (879k)
Ardea cinerea
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea, german: Graureiher, french: Héron cendré). (824k)
Ardea purpurea
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea, 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
Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus, german: Wollhalsstorch, french: Cigogne épiscopale). (1147k)
Ciconia episcopus
Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia 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
Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus, 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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