Bulbuls, Leafbirds, Iora and Orioles

Black-headed Yellow Bulbul-4
Black-headed Yellow Bulbul-4

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Black-headed Yellow Bulbul-1
Black-headed Yellow Bulbul-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Rathnapura.

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Black-headed Yellow Bulbul-6
Black-headed Yellow Bulbul-6

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Black-headed Yellow Bulbul-4
Black-headed Yellow Bulbul-4

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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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.

 
Red-vented Bulbul-1
Red-vented Bulbul-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Rathnapura.

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Red-vented Bulbul-2
Red-vented Bulbul-2

Photographed in Thalangama.

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Red-vented Bulbul-11
Red-vented Bulbul-11

Photographed in the outskirts of Bulathsinhala.

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Red-vented Bulbul-1
Red-vented Bulbul-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Rathnapura.

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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 and in Thalangama. Images from Thalangama are of a couple who were actively taking care of a baby.

 
Yellow-eared Bulbul-1
Yellow-eared Bulbul-1

Photographed at Horton Planes.

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Yellow-eared Bulbul-2
Yellow-eared Bulbul-2

Photographed at Horton Planes.

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Yellow-eared Bulbul-1
Yellow-eared Bulbul-1

Photographed at Horton Planes.

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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.

 
White-browed Bulbul-6
White-browed Bulbul-6

Photographed in Giants Tank area.

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White-browed Bulbul-1
White-browed Bulbul-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Kuchchaveli.

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White-browed Bulbul-7
White-browed Bulbul-7

Photographed in the outskirts of Kuchchaveli.

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White-browed Bulbul-6
White-browed Bulbul-6

Photographed in Giants Tank area.

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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.

 
Yellow-browed Bulbul-7
Yellow-browed Bulbul-7

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Yellow-browed Bulbul-1
Yellow-browed Bulbul-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Yellow-browed Bulbul-6
Yellow-browed Bulbul-6

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Yellow-browed Bulbul-7
Yellow-browed Bulbul-7

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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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.

 
Black Bulbul-1
Black Bulbul-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Black Bulbul-2
Black Bulbul-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Black Bulbul-3
Black Bulbul-3

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Black Bulbul-1
Black Bulbul-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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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.

 
Common Iora-3
Common Iora-3

Photographed in the outskirts of Bodhinagala Forest Reserve.

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Common Iora-1
Common Iora-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Bulathsinhala.

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Common Iora-7
Common Iora-7

Photographed in the outskirts of Kegalle.

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Common Iora-3
Common Iora-3

Photographed in the outskirts of Bodhinagala Forest Reserve.

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Common Iora
(පොදු ඉයෝරාවා)
Aegithina tiphia

A beautiful male Common Iora was 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 4 - 6 of a male who was hunting caterpillars from Diyasaru park, Thalawathugoda.

 
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Marshall's Iora
(මාර්ශල්ගේ ඉයෝරාවා)
Aegithina nigrolutea

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Jerdon's Leafbird-3
Jerdon's Leafbird-3

Photographed inside the Kala Wewa National Park.

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Jerdon's Leafbird-6
Jerdon's Leafbird-6

Photographed inside the Kala Wewa National Park.

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Jerdon's Leafbird-5
Jerdon's Leafbird-5

Photographed inside the Kala Wewa National Park.

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Jerdon's Leafbird-3
Jerdon's Leafbird-3

Photographed inside the Kala Wewa National Park.

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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. 

 
Golden-fronted Leafbird-4
Golden-fronted Leafbird-4

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Golden-fronted Leafbird-1
Golden-fronted Leafbird-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Bulathsinhala.

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Golden-fronted Leafbird -3
Golden-fronted Leafbird -3

Photographed in the outskirts of Bodhinagala Forest Reserve.

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Golden-fronted Leafbird-4
Golden-fronted Leafbird-4

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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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'.

 
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Asian Fairy Bluebird / Fairy Bluebird
(අසියා නීලරාජයා)
Irena puella

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Black-hooded Oriole-9
Black-hooded Oriole-9

Photographed at Diyasaru Wetland Park.

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Black-hooded Oriole-1
Black-hooded Oriole-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Rathnapura with my point-and-shoot camera.

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Black-hooded Oriole-10
Black-hooded Oriole-10

Photographed at Nawala.

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Black-hooded Oriole-9
Black-hooded Oriole-9

Photographed at Diyasaru Wetland Park.

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Black-hooded Oriole / Black-headed Oriole
(කහකුරුල්ලා)
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 2 and 3 are from the bird's enclosure at the Dehiwala Zoo.

Image 4 is a juvenile seen at Wet Water Resort in Gampaha.

 

Images 5 and 6 are from Giants Tank area in Mannar.

Image 7 - 9 of a family from Diyasaru park, Thalawathugoda.

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

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Vagrant species
 
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Indian Golden Oriole
Oriolus kundoo

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

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Vagrant species