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Coppersmith Barbet / Crimson-breasted Barbet (රත්ළය කොට්ටෝරුවා)
Psilopogon haemacephalus

This beauty is photographed in Kalkudah area on a beautiful morning. It was very interested in catching termite alates although I didn't see him catching one. I wish I was closer to take a better picture as he is a uniquely beautiful bird. Hopefully I will come across more of them. 

Coppersmith Barbet
Sri Lanka Small Barbet / Ceylon Small Barbet
(රත්-මූනත් කොට්ටෝරුවා)
Xantholaema rubricapillus

When I was initially taking the photographs, I didn’t realise that it was a Sri Lanka Small Barbet as I thought it is a Yellow-fronted Barbet. I was positively surprised when I found out later on. Captured in the outskirts of The Bodinagala forest reserve and in the outskirts of Rathnapura.

Sri Lanka Small Barbet
Brown-headed Barbet
(පොලොස් කොට්ටෝරුවා)
Megalaima zeylanica

After so many tries, I was able to take a decent set of pictures of this beauty. Although they are quite common and can be seen even in urban settings often, they are very shy and almost always stay inside the tree leaves making it very hard to take a decent picture.


There were a pair of them when I took these pictures flying around the hotel I operate. I’m especially intrigued by the whiskers on their beaks.

Brown-headed Barbet
Yellow-fronted Barbet
(ශ්‍රි ලංකා රන්මූනත් කොට්ටෝරුවා)
Megalaima flavifrons

Seen at the outskirts of Sinharaja forest, in images 1 and 2, this endemic beauty was looking for food by digging tree barks at the joints. As he was photographed from a distance, I was unable to get a perfect photo. Thus hoped I will run into them again as they are such beautiful bird species.

My wish came true on a subsequent trip where I managed to take some beautiful captures on a rainy morning.

Yellow-fronted Barbet
Brown-capped Woodpecker / Pygmy Woodpecker (බොර එසසි ගෝමර-කෑරලා)
Dendrocopos nanus

Yet to capture image

Brown-capped Woodpecker
Yellow-crowned Woodpecker / Yellow-fronted Pied Woodpecker (කහ-සිලු ගෝමර-කෑරලා) Dendrocopos mahrattensis

Yet to capture image

Yellow-crowned Woodpecker
Lesser Yellownape / Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpecker (හීන් කහ-ගෙලැසි කෑරලා)
Picus chlorolophus

First seen at the outskirts of the Sinharaja rain forest, this beautiful male was checking tree trunks I assume for insects. Such beautiful colour combination.

Later, I came across a pair in Bulathsinhala near my ancestral home. (Images 4 and 5)

Lesser Yellownape
Streak-throated Woodpecker / Scaly-bellied Woodpecker (පුන්චි කවුරු කෑරලා)
Picus xanthopygaeus

Yet to capture image

Streak-throated Woodpecker
Golden-backed Woodpecker
Dinopium benghalense

Yet to capture image

Golden-backed Woodpecker
Rufous Woodpecker
(බෝරත් කොඩ-කෑරලා)
Micropternus brachyurus

Yet to capture image

Rufous Woodpecker
Red-backed Flameback (රත්-කෑරලා)
Dinopium psarodes

First photographed in Polonnaruwa where this beauty was close to his nest in a tree trunk. Not sure whether he had little ones inside the nest.

Image 5 is from 'Debarawewa'.

Image 6 to 12 are from the outskirts of the Sinharaja rain forest. Image 13 from the outskirts of Bodhinagala forest reserve.

Black-rumped Flameback
Crimson-backed Woodpecker
Chrysocolaptes stricklandi

Yet to capture image

Crimson-backed Woodpecker
White-naped Woodpecker / Black-backed Yellow Woodpecker (කැහැපිට මහ-කෑරලා)
Chrysocolaptes festivus

Yet to capture image

White-naped Woodpecker
Eurasian Wryneck / Wryneck
(යුරාසියා ගෙලනැමියා)
Jynx torquila

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species
Eurasian Wryneck
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