Game-Birds and Buttonquails

Painted Francolin-1
Painted Francolin-1

Photographed at Nilgala inside the Galoya National Park.

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Painted Francolin-2
Painted Francolin-2

Photographed at Nilgala inside the Galoya National Park.

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Painted Francolin-4
Painted Francolin-4

Photographed at Nilgala inside the Galoya National Park.

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Painted Francolin-1
Painted Francolin-1

Photographed at Nilgala inside the Galoya National Park.

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Painted Francolin / Painted Partridge
(තිත් වටු-කුකුලා)
Francolinus pictus

This extremely rare beauty can only be seen at Nilgala inside the Galoya National Park. Very shy and elusive, I was very lucky to capture a photo of a male in the open. As they are ground dwellers, they are very cautious. Critically endangered in Sri Lanka, this beauty made my long trip to Nilgala worth it. 

Critically Endangered
 
Grey Francolin-1
Grey Francolin-1

Photographed in Mannar.

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Grey Francolin-2
Grey Francolin-2

Photographed in Mannar.

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Grey Francolin-9
Grey Francolin-9

Photographed in Chundikulam National Park.

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Grey Francolin-1
Grey Francolin-1

Photographed in Mannar.

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Grey Francolin / Indian Grey Partridge
(අලු වටු-කුකුලා)
Francolinus pondicerianus

These very shy birds were seen at Mannar and quite by chance. I didn't see them first and after I took the pictures, I tried many more time to get a better image that trip but couldn't as they run into the bush for the slightest movement.

 

Came across many more of them in Chundikulam, Jaffna where they seem to be much more common than Mannar. Images 4 to 8 are from Jaffna. What beautiful birds who hang-out in small flocks.

 
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Still waiting to get lucky and capture image.

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Rain Quail
(වැහි පිරිවටුවා)
Coturnix coromandelica

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Blue-breasted Quail
(ළය-නිල් පිරිවටුවා)
Excalfactoria chinensis

Yet to capture image

 
Jungle Bush Quail-1
Jungle Bush Quail-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Nilgala forest.

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Jungle Bush Quail-2
Jungle Bush Quail-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Nilgala forest.

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Jungle Bush Quail-1
Jungle Bush Quail-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Nilgala forest.

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Jungle Bush Quail
(වන පඳුරු-වටුවා)
Perdicula asiatica

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Critically Endangered
 
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Small Buttonquail
(පොදු පිරිවටුවා)
Turnix sylvaticus

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species
 
Barred Buttonquail-5
Barred Buttonquail-5

Photographed in Yala National Park.

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Barred Buttonquail-1
Barred Buttonquail-1

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Barred Buttonquail-4
Barred Buttonquail-4

Photographed in Yala National Park.

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Barred Buttonquail-5
Barred Buttonquail-5

Photographed in Yala National Park.

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Barred Buttonquail / Bustard Quail
(බෝල වටුවා)
Turnix suscitator

Photographed first at Bundala National Park, female in images 1 and 2 were very shy as she ran away back into the bushes very fast.

Came across a couple of them later at the outskirts of the Yala National Park. It was at dusk when I saw them and the light was not great. Hence I had to use the flasher to take a decent picture.

 
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Sri Lanka Spurfowl
(ශ්‍රි ලංකා හබන්-කුකුලා)
Galloperdix bicalcarata

Yet to capture image

 
Sri Lanka Junglefowl-4
Sri Lanka Junglefowl-4

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Sri Lanka Junglefowl-1
Sri Lanka Junglefowl-1

A female photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rainforest.

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Sri Lanka Junglefowl-5
Sri Lanka Junglefowl-5

Photographed in low light at the outskirts of Nilgala.

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Sri Lanka Junglefowl-4
Sri Lanka Junglefowl-4

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Sri Lanka Junglefowl
(ශ්‍රි ලංකා වලි-කුකුලා)
Gallus lafayettii

The national bird of Sri Lanka seen at the outskirts of the Sinharaja rain forest. Although normally they are very shy, in villages around Sinharaja, they have got used to human dwellings and can be seen around houses. The female is brown in colour.
 

The 3rd picture is from inside the birds' enclosure at the Dehiwala zoo. Such a beautiful bird. Image 4 of two males from Bundala National Park.

 
India Peafowl-3
India Peafowl-3

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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India Peafowl-1
India Peafowl-1

Photographed in Yala National Park.

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India Peafowl-5
India Peafowl-5

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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India Peafowl-3
India Peafowl-3

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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India Peafowl
(මොනරා)
Pavo cristatus

Seen at Yala National Park where many of the males were putting on this display. The park was in bloom after rains and the mating season has started. Last 2 images are from Bundala National Park.
 

Although on books India Peafowl is not expected in the wet zone of Sri Lanka, these guys are superb in adapting to the changing conditions and now are seen all over the country. They have become a pest to many farmers.
 

Pest or not, one has to admit that these guys are the prettiest around when it comes to putting on a show of colours.