Parrots, Koel, Malkohas and Coucals

Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot-1
Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot-1

Photographed in Bulathsinhala.

Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot-2
Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot-2

Photographed in Bulathsinhala.

Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot-5
Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot-5

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot-1
Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot-1

Photographed in Bulathsinhala.

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Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot
(ශ්‍රි ලංකා ගිරාමලිත්තා)
Loriculus beryllinus

I was on the roof of my ancestral house in Bulathsinhala waiting for some bird to show up for more than an hour. Just as I was about to give up, this amazing beauty showed up. I didn't know that she is endemic at the time. What joy when I finally checked what I photographed.

The last picture is from Sinharaja rain forest. Look at the beautiful colours and form. :)

 
Alexandrine Parakeet-1
Alexandrine Parakeet-1

Photographed inside the Dehiwala Zoo birds enclosure.

Alexandrine Parakeet-2
Alexandrine Parakeet-2

Photographed inside the Dehiwala Zoo birds enclosure.

Alexandrine Parakeet-3
Alexandrine Parakeet-3

Photographed in Yala National Park.

Alexandrine Parakeet-1
Alexandrine Parakeet-1

Photographed inside the Dehiwala Zoo birds enclosure.

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Alexandrine Parakeet
(ලබු ගිරවා)
Psittacula eupatria

The first 2 photographs were taken inside the Dehiwala Zoo birds enclosure.

3rd photo from the outskirts of the Yala National Park.

 
Rose-ringed Parakeet-3
Rose-ringed Parakeet-3

Photographed in Mannar.

Rose-ringed Parakeet-1
Rose-ringed Parakeet-1

Photographed inside the Dehiwala Zoo birds enclosure.

Rose-ringed Parakeet-6
Rose-ringed Parakeet-6

Photographed in the area surrounding Thalangama lake.

Rose-ringed Parakeet-3
Rose-ringed Parakeet-3

Photographed in Mannar.

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Rose-ringed Parakeet
(රන ගිරවා)
Psittacula krameri

This magnificent parrot is quite common in Sri Lanka. I took images 1 and 2 at Dehiwala zoo birds enclosure where she gave me a lovely display of his beauty.

 

Image 3 was taken on the road from Mannar to Jaffna. A whole bunch of them were on the ground feeding. I wish I could have taken more pictures.

 
Still to capture photo
Still to capture photo

Still waiting to get lucky and capture image.

Still to capture photo
Still to capture photo

Still waiting to get lucky and capture image.

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Plum-headed Parakeet
(පාන්ඬු ගිරවා)
Psittacula cyanocephala

Yet to capture image

 
Layard's Parakeet-5
Layard's Parakeet-5

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

Layard's Parakeet-1
Layard's Parakeet-1

Photographed inside the Dehiwala Zoo birds enclosure.

Layard's Parakeet-4
Layard's Parakeet-4

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

Layard's Parakeet-5
Layard's Parakeet-5

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

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Layard's Parakeet
(ශ්‍රි ලංකා අලු ගිරවා)
Psittacula calthrapae

I took the 1st photograph inside the Dehiwala Zoo birds enclosure. The other photos at the outskirts of Sinharaja rain forest where a group of them were feeding on a fruit tree. They gave me a superb display of their colours and abilities.

Endemic to Sri Lanka, just look at the explosion of colours at certain angles.

 
Red-faced Malkoha-2
Red-faced Malkoha-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

Red-faced Malkoha-1
Red-faced Malkoha-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

Red-faced Malkoha-2
Red-faced Malkoha-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

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Red-faced Malkoha
(ශ්‍රි ලංකා වතරතු මල්කොහා)
Phaenicophaeus pyrrhocephalus

Seen at the outskirts of the Sinharaja rain forest, this rare and endemic beauty is a price capture. Such a beautiful bird, he was notoriously hard to take a picture as he stayed mostly inside the bush and was jumping around so quickly. Hope I will see him again and will be able to take a better picture in the future.

 
Blue-faced Malkoha-3
Blue-faced Malkoha-3

Photographed in Chundikulam National Park.

Blue-faced Malkoha-1
Blue-faced Malkoha-1

Photographed in Kuchchaveli.

Blue-faced Malkoha-2
Blue-faced Malkoha-2

Photographed in Kuchchaveli.

Blue-faced Malkoha-3
Blue-faced Malkoha-3

Photographed in Chundikulam National Park.

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Blue-faced Malkoha
(වතනිල් මල්කොහා)
Phaenicophaeus viridirostris

I came across this magnificent bird first in Kuchchaveli where they were hanging out in pairs. The radiant blue patch is a work of art. They have been notoriously difficult to photograph as they always hide among the bushes.

 

Image 3 is from Chundikulam national park. Again, I could manage only glimpses of it.

 
Asian Koel-1
Asian Koel-1

Photographed inside the Dehiwala Zoo.

Asian Koel-2
Asian Koel-2

Photographed inside the Dehiwala Zoo.

Asian Koel-5
Asian Koel-5

Photographed in the outskirts of Gampaha.

Asian Koel-1
Asian Koel-1

Photographed inside the Dehiwala Zoo.

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Asian Koel
(කොවුලා)
Eudynamys scolopaceus

The Asian Koel is a familiar face during April (Awrudu season). This Female was seen near the waterhole at the Dehiwala zoo.

 

Image 2 is from Kuchchaveli and I love the tree he was sitting on.

 

Last images are of male eating fruit at the hotel I operate in Gampaha. He is a common site in this fruit tree.

 
Sirkeer Malkoha-1
Sirkeer Malkoha-1

Photographed in Yala National Park with my point-and-shoot camera.

Sirkeer Malkoha-2
Sirkeer Malkoha-2

Photographed in Yala National Park with my point-and-shoot camera.

Sirkeer Malkoha-1
Sirkeer Malkoha-1

Photographed in Yala National Park with my point-and-shoot camera.

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Sirkeer Malkoha
(පතන් මල්කොහා)
Phaenicophaeus leschenaultii

Seen at Udawalawe National Park and photographed with my point-and-shoot. This species is a bit rare and I hope I will see them again for a better photo opportunity.

 
Green-billed Coucal-1
Green-billed Coucal-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

Green-billed Coucal-2
Green-billed Coucal-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

Green-billed Coucal-4
Green-billed Coucal-4

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

Green-billed Coucal-1
Green-billed Coucal-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

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Green-billed Coucal
(ශ්‍රි ලංකා බට ඇටි-කුකුලා)
Centropus chlororhynchos

Seen at Sinharaja forest just after a few morning showers. He was catching the first rays of sunlight. Such a majestic bird who is endemic to Sri Lanka.

 
Greater Coucal-3
Greater Coucal-3

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

Greater Coucal-1
Greater Coucal-1

Photographed in Kuchchaveli.

Greater Coucal-5
Greater Coucal-5

Photographed at Baddagana Wetland Park in Kotte.

Greater Coucal-3
Greater Coucal-3

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Greater Coucal
(ඇටි-කුකුලා)
Centropus sinensis

First photographed in Kuchchaveli on a bright morning, this amazing bird reminded me of a picture of a daemon with its eyes. In my childhood, I used to see them very frequently dealing with slugs in the garden. They can be seen even in the heart of the city in Colombo if there is a bit of garden and if there are snails around.

Image 3 and 4 from Bundala National Park.

Image 5 from Baddagana wetland park in Kotte.