Munias, Sparrows and Weavers

White-throated Silverbill-1
White-throated Silverbill-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Jaffna.

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White-throated Silverbill-2
White-throated Silverbill-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Jaffna.

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White-throated Silverbill-3
White-throated Silverbill-3

Photographed in the outskirts of Jaffna.

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White-throated Silverbill-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Jaffna.

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White-throated Silverbill / White-throated Munia (සරල වීකුරුල්ලා)
Euodice malabarica

In some books, this bird is identified as Indian Silverbill. Based on the elongated central feathers and the bill, I believe these are White-throated Silverbill's.

Seen and photographed in Jaffna on the outer most road in the Jaffna peninsula on my way to Kankesanturei.

Doubtful identification
 
White-rumped Munia-16
White-rumped Munia-16

Photographed in my garden at Nawala.

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White-rumped Munia-1
White-rumped Munia-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Gampaha.

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White-rumped Munia-15
White-rumped Munia-15

Photographed in my garden at Nawala.

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White-rumped Munia-16
White-rumped Munia-16

Photographed in my garden at Nawala.

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White-rumped Munia
(නිත්ඹ සුදු වීකුරුල්ලා)
Lonchura striata

This cute energy bundle was seen first at Wet Water Resort  (Image 1). I came across the next curious case of this bird near the 'Bodinagala' forest reserve where I assume he was collecting dry leafs' for a nest. He was flying back and forth collecting leafs. (Image 2 and 3)

 

Images 4 and 5 are of a pair who were trying to build a nest unsuccessfully in a rain gutter. All the other images are from my home garden at Nawala where a few of them are always around building nests in different places.

 
Scaly-breasted Munia-10
Scaly-breasted Munia-10

Photographed in the outskirts of Thalangama lake.

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Scaly-breasted Munia-2
Scaly-breasted Munia-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Habarana.

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Scaly-breasted Munia-9
Scaly-breasted Munia-9

Photographed in the outskirts of Thalangama lake.

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Scaly-breasted Munia-10
Scaly-breasted Munia-10

Photographed in the outskirts of Thalangama lake.

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Scaly-breasted Munia / Spotted Munia
(ළය කයරු වීකුරුල්ලා)
Lonchura punctulata

These tiny Munia’s are quite common among the long grass where they eat the seeds quite eagerly. Seen at Habarana and then at Rathnapura. 4th image is of a juvenile who is yet to get his scales on the breast.

Image 5 and 6 from the outskirts of Kegalle where they happily feast on the rice.

Image 7 to 10 are special. Captured around Thalangama lake when 3 of them were eating grass without any care of my jeep.

 
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Black-throated Munia / Ceylon Hill Munia
(ගෙල කලු වීකුරුල්ලා)
Lonchura kelaarti

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Black-headed Munia-5
Black-headed Munia-5

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Black-headed Munia-1
Black-headed Munia-1

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Black-headed Munia-4
Black-headed Munia-4

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Black-headed Munia-5
Black-headed Munia-5

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Black-headed Munia
(හිස කලු වීකුරුල්ලා)
Lonchura malacca

These beautiful birds were playing around in the morning sun at 'Bundala' National Park. Such beautiful colours on a playful bird.

 
House Sparrow-1
House Sparrow-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Nuwara Eliya.

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House Sparrow-2
House Sparrow-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Bulathsinhala.

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House Sparrow-1
House Sparrow-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Nuwara Eliya.

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House Sparrow
(ගේකුරුල්ලා)
Passer domesticus

I have a long history with the House Sparrow as they are a common site in most homes of Sri Lanka. These brave birds are highly adapted to life around humans and are at home when it comes to building nests within a house.

 

I took these beautiful pictures of them in Nuwara Eliya. 1st one is of a male. 2nd I believe is of a juvinile basking in the morning sun.

 
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Chestnut-shouldered Petronia / Yellow-throated Sparrow (පින්ගු-උරිස් කුරුලිත්තා)
Gymnoris xanthocollis

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Vagrant species
 
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Streaked Weaver / Striated Weaver
(පන් වඩුකුරුල්ලා)
Ploceus manyar

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Baya Weaver-6
Baya Weaver-6

Photographed inside the Chundikulam National Park.

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Baya Weaver-1
Baya Weaver-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sigiriya.

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Baya Weaver-10
Baya Weaver-10

Photographed in the outskirts of Kalkudha.

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Baya Weaver-6
Baya Weaver-6

Photographed inside the Chundikulam National Park.

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Baya Weaver
(රුක් වඩුකුරුල්ලා)
Ploceus philippinus

The great architects of the bird world. I saw them first in 'Sigiriya'. It was a breeding male.

 

The next set of pictures are from 'Debarawewa' where a colony of birds were building their nests next to the water tank. These were females who have to build a set of exquisite nests. Images 6 and 7 are from Chundikulam National Park.

Image 8 to 10 from the Valachena area where they have built nests on a palm tree. Some of the birds were stealing building material from other nests when the owner is not there.

 
 
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Common Rosefinch
(පොදු රෝස පින්චා)
Erythrina erythrina

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Vagrant species