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Black-headed Yellow Bulbul / Black-capped Bulbul (හිස කලු කොන්ඩයා)
Pycnonotus melanicterus

1st seen at Rathnapura, there were a couple of them flying around in a bush. I wish I had more time to spend in their presence but I was pressed for time as I was with family.

The other images are from Sinharaja rain forest where this beautiful bird put on a good display for me.

Black-headed Yellow Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul
(කොන්ඩ කුරුල්ලා)
Pycnonotus cafer

One of the most common birds in Sri Lanka, these guys thrive in both urban and village settings. Some of them build their nests very close to human dwellings.


Took the pictures in Polonnaruwa, in Rathnapura, in Thalangama and Nawala. Images from Thalangama are of a couple who were actively taking care of a baby.

They raise little ones often in one of my home bathrooms.

Red-vented Bulbul
Yellow-eared Bulbul
(ශ්‍රි ලංකා කහ-කැන් කොන්ඩයා)
Kelaartia penicillata

Endemic to Sri Lanka and only found in the highlands, this magnificent beauty was seen at Horton Planes.

Yellow-eared bulbul
White-browed Bulbul
(බම-සුදු කොන්ඩයා)
Pycnonotus luteolus

Seen at Kuchchaveli. These guys were very brave and didn't fly off quickly. They put on a show for me in Polonnaruwa also where a pair of them had a nice bath in a small waterhole.


Image 5 from Yala where one was flying around very close to the ground. Image 6 from the Giants Tank area in Mannar.


A very vocal bird who is brave and keeps me company during my many travels.

White-browed bulbul
Yellow-browed Bulbul
(බමකහ ගුලුගුඩුවා)
Acritillas indica

This beautiful bird was first seen at Sinharaja rain forest where he responded to the call of a Chestnut-backed Owlet which we played. Apparently most other birds aggressively respond to this owlet call as they seek to attack it.

I got a few more pictures of them again at Sinharaja on a different day. Although quite common, his beauty is noteworthy.

Yellow-browed Bulbul
Black Bulbul
(කලු කොන්ඩයා)
Hypsipetes ganeesa

These playful but aggressive cuties were photographed at Sinharaja rain forest where a few of them were enjoying among other fruits a ripe papaya.

Black Bulbul
Common Iora
(පොදු ඉයෝරාවා)
Aegithina tiphia

The first images are of a male Common Iora seen in a 'Jambu' tree at my mother's parents' house. Such beauty. Taken with my point-and-shoot camera.

Image 3 is of a female seen on the outskirts of 'Bodinagala' forest reserve.

Images 5 - 7 of a male who was hunting caterpillars at Diyasaru Park, Thalawathugoda. Image 8 is from the outskirts of Wilpattu. Images 9 to 11 are of a female from Thalangama wetlands.

Common Iora
Marshall's Iora
(මාර්ශල්ගේ ඉයෝරාවා)
Aegithina nigrolutea

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species
Marshall's Iora
Jerdon's Leafbird / Jerdon's Chloropsis
Chloropsis jerdoni

These beautiful leafbirds are notoriously difficult to capture on a photograph as they are almost always among the leaf’s blending in. The female in images 1 and 2 were photographed on the outskirts of ‘Bodinagala’ forest reserve.

Male in the other images was photographed at 'Kala Wewa' forest reserve. 

Jerdon's Leafbird
Golden-fronted Leafbird / Gold-fronted Chloropsis (රන්-නලල කොලරිසියා)
Chloropsis aurifrons

Image 1 and 2 taken during a rainy day in 'Bulathsinhala' in front of my mother's ancestral home. There were two of them. One a juvenile and an adult feasting on the yummy mango's on offer. With the rain, I couldn't get a better shot.

They are notoriously difficult to capture as they blend in with the leafs and never stay still. 3rd image from the outskirts of  'Bodinagala' forest reserve. 4th from 'Sinharaja'.

Golden-fronted Leafbird
Asian Fairy Bluebird / Fairy Bluebird
(අසියා නීලරාජයා)
Irena puella

Yet to capture image

Asian Fairy Bluebird
Black-hooded Oriole / Black-headed Oriole
Oriolus xanthornus

The first image from Rathnapura when I was on holiday. A beautiful bird and it was very difficult to capture it with a point-and-shoot as they fly off at the slightest movement.

Images 3 and 4 are from the bird's enclosure at the Dehiwala Zoo.

Images 5 and 6 are from Giants Tank area in Mannar. Image 7 - 9 of a family from Diyasaru park, Thalawathugoda.

Images 10 to 12 are from Nawala photographed in front of my house.

Black-hooded Oriole
Black-naped Oriole
(කලු-ගෙලැසි කහකුරුල්ලා)
Oriolus chinensis

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species
Black-naped Oriole
Indian Golden Oriole
Oriolus kundoo

Yet to capture image

Indian Golden Oriole
Eurasian Golden Oriole / European Golden Oriole (යුරේසියා රන් කහකුරුල්ලා)
Oriolus oriolus

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species
Eurasian Golden Oriole
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