Babblers and Warblers

Brown-capped Babbler-1
Brown-capped Babbler-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Kandalama Wewa.

Brown-capped Babbler-2
Brown-capped Babbler-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Kandalama Wewa.

Brown-capped Babbler-1
Brown-capped Babbler-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Kandalama Wewa.

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Brown-capped Babbler
(බොරගා-දෙමලිච්චා)
Pellorneum fuscocapillus

Captured in low light inside the bush in Kandalama, I didn't realise at the time its an endemic species.

 

What a beautiful babbler. Hopefully I will come across them again for better quality pictures as these ones were taken with high ISO due to low light.

 
Sri Lanka Scimita-babbler-1
Sri Lanka Scimita-babbler-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Sri Lanka Scimita-babbler-2
Sri Lanka Scimita-babbler-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Sri Lanka Scimita-babbler-4
Sri Lanka Scimita-babbler-4

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Sri Lanka Scimita-babbler-1
Sri Lanka Scimita-babbler-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Sri Lanka Scimita-babbler
(දැ-දෙමලිච්චා)
Pomatorhinus melanurus

Rare and endemic, this beautiful babbler was seen at Sinharaja rain forest. I wish I was better at focusing the camera quickly as when I got my act together, he flew off. Such an odd looking but beautiful bird.

 
Dark-fronted Babbler-7
Dark-fronted Babbler-7

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Dark-fronted Babbler-1
Dark-fronted Babbler-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Dark-fronted Babbler-8
Dark-fronted Babbler-8

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Dark-fronted Babbler-7
Dark-fronted Babbler-7

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Dark-fronted Babbler
(වතන්දුරු පඳුරු-දෙමලිච්චා)
Rhopocichla atriceps

First photographed at the outskirts of Sinharaja rain forest, there was a whole bunch of them jumping around from one bush to the other. I wish I had more time to get closer but as I was about to do that, a Chestnut-backed Owlet was making a call. I had to drop what I was doing and run to check the owlet. (Image 1 to 3)

I came across a pair of them again on a subsequent trip and managed to take some good images. (Images 4 to 8) For some reason, they remind me of a special ops soldier.

 
 
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Tawny-bellied Babbler
(කුසකහ ලඳු-දෙමලිච්චා)
Dumetia hyperythra phillipsi

Yet to capture image

Yellow-eyed Babbler-1
Yellow-eyed Babbler-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sigiriya.

Yellow-eyed Babbler-1
Yellow-eyed Babbler-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sigiriya.

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Yellow-eyed Babbler
(නෙත්කහ තන-දෙමලිච්චා)
Chrysomma sinense

Photographed in the outskirts of the Sigiriya forest reserve. It was a lazy morning out for me due to partying the previous night and this beauty made the tough morning bird watching excursion worth it. I only managed to take one picture as I was slow to react. Hopefully I will come across them again. Love that eye.

 
Orange-billed Babbler-3
Orange-billed Babbler-3

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

Orange-billed Babbler-1
Orange-billed Babbler-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Orange-billed Babbler-4
Orange-billed Babbler-4

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Orange-billed Babbler-3
Orange-billed Babbler-3

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

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Orange-billed Babbler
(ශ්‍රි ලංකා රතු දෙමලිච්චා)
Turdoides rufescens

The undisputed endemic chatter, these guys travel as small flocks and make lots of noise. Although they were all around me in the bushes when I saw them at Sinharaja rain forest, they were such busybodies jumping from one bush to another, it was very difficult for me to focus on any of them. 

 
Yellow-billed Babbler-1
Yellow-billed Babbler-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Colombo.

Yellow-billed Babbler-2
Yellow-billed Babbler-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Colombo.

Yellow-billed Babbler-3
Yellow-billed Babbler-3

Photographed in the outskirts of Colombo.

Yellow-billed Babbler-1
Yellow-billed Babbler-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Colombo.

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Yellow-billed Babbler
(දෙමලිච්චා)
Turdoides affinis

The most fearless bird kind I have seen in Sri Lanka. They are noisy, aggressive when hunting and brave birds who are not afraid of humans coming close. They are very common across the whole island.

 
Ashy-headed Laughingthrush-5
Ashy-headed Laughingthrush-5

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Ashy-headed Laughingthrush-4
Ashy-headed Laughingthrush-4

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Ashy-headed Laughingthrush-6
Ashy-headed Laughingthrush-6

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Ashy-headed Laughingthrush-5
Ashy-headed Laughingthrush-5

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Ashy-headed Laughingthrush
(ශ්‍රි ලංකා අලු-දෙමලිච්චා)
Garrulax cinereifrons

Seen at Sinharaja rain forest, when I first came across this rare and endemic bird, it flew immediately after I managed to take only a couple of shots. As he was inside the bush, the low light caused the photograph to be lower quality.

Came across a bunch of them again on a subsequent trip but as they spend most of their time in the undergrowth and because they jump around all the time, they are notoriously difficult to capture in a good photograph.

 
Sri Lanka Bush Warbler-1
Sri Lanka Bush Warbler-1

Photographed in Horton Plains National Park.

Sri Lanka Bush Warbler-2
Sri Lanka Bush Warbler-2

Photographed in Horton Plains National Park.

Sri Lanka Bush Warbler-5
Sri Lanka Bush Warbler-5

Photographed in Horton Plains National Park.

Sri Lanka Bush Warbler-1
Sri Lanka Bush Warbler-1

Photographed in Horton Plains National Park.

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Sri Lanka Bush Warbler
(ශ්‍රි ලංකා වනරවියා)
Elaphrornis palliseri

Photographed in Horton Plains National Park, this endemic and endangered beauty is very difficult to photograph as they spend most of their time inside the bush hopping from one branch to another. I had to spend a lot of time just waiting for one to stay a few seconds in one place so I can take a photograph.

Images 1 and 2 are of a male who has a red colour eye. Images 3 to 5 are of a female who has a pale buff eye.

 
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Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler
(නිතඹ රත්බොර පිලිරවියා)
Locustella certhiola

Yet to capture image

 
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Common Grasshopper Warbler
(පලඟැටි පිලිරවියා)
Locustella naevia

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species
 
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Lanceolated Warbler
(ලන්සා පිලිරවියා)
Locustella lanceolata

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species
 
Blyth's Reed Warbler-2
Blyth's Reed Warbler-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Habarana.

Blyth's Reed Warbler-1
Blyth's Reed Warbler-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Habarana.

Blyth's Reed Warbler-2
Blyth's Reed Warbler-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Habarana.

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Blyth's Reed Warbler
(බ්ලිත්ස් පන්රවියා)
Acrocephalus dumetorum

The only highlight of a dull morning of birding, this beauty let me take lots of photos before flying off. Seen at 'Habarana' next to Aliya Resort I initially thought its a baby Yellow-billed Babbler.

 
Still to capture photo
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Still waiting to get lucky and capture image.

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Clamorous Reed Warbler
(ඝොසා පන්රවියා)
Acrocephalus stentoreus

Yet to capture image