Pigeons and Doves

Rock Pigeon-1
Rock Pigeon-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Batticaloa.

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Rock Pigeon-2
Rock Pigeon-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Batticaloa.

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Rock Pigeon-1

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Rock Pigeon
(පොදු පරවියා)
Columba livia

This group was photographed in the outskirts of Batticaloa on the bund of a lake.  Given there were no human dwellings close and as they showed very cautious/shy behaviour towards me, I'm inclined to think they are not a feral population. I may be wrong.

Doubtful identification
Critically Endangered
 
Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon-1
Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon-1

Photographed on the outskirts of Sinharaja rain forest.

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Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon-2
Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon-2

Photographed on the outskirts of Sinharaja rain forest.

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Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon-4
Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon-4

Photographed on the outskirts of Sinharaja rain forest.

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Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon-1
Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon-1

Photographed on the outskirts of Sinharaja rain forest.

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Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon / Ceylon Wood Pigeon (ශ්‍රි ලංකා මයිල පරවියා)
Columba torringtoniae

This endemic beauty was photographed in the outskirts of the Sinharaja rain forest. It was in the canopy hidden among the foliage which made it very difficult to take a better picture. Hopefully, I will come across them again so I can do justice to their beauty.

 
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Pale-capped Pigeon / Purple Wood Pigeon
(ලා-එසාසි පරවියා)
Columba punicea

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Vagrant species
 
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Oriental Turtle Dove / Rufous Turtle Dove
(පෙරදිගු කයුරු කොබෙයියා)
Streptopelia orientalis

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Vagrant species
 
Eurasian Collared Dove-5
Eurasian Collared Dove-5

Photographed in Mannar.

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Eurasian Collared Dove-1
Eurasian Collared Dove-1

Photographed inside the Dehiwala Zoo birds enclosure.

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Eurasian Collared Dove-4
Eurasian Collared Dove-4

Photographed in Mannar.

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Eurasian Collared Dove-5
Eurasian Collared Dove-5

Photographed in Mannar.

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Eurasian Collared Dove / Collared Dove
(මාල කොබෙයියා)
Streptopelia decaocto

These Eurasian Collared Dove's are spotted only towards the north of the country near Mannar. The first 2 images, however, were taken inside the birds' enclosure at the Dehiwala zoo. 

 

I came across many of them in Mannar at a later day but almost didn't take proper images as I mistook them for common Spotted Dove's. Last 3 images are from Mannar.

 
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Red Collared Dove / Red Turtle Dove
(රත්මාල කොබෙයියා)
Streptopelia tranquebarica

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Vagrant species
 
Spotted Dove-1
Spotted Dove-1

Photo taken inside the bird’s enclosure in Dehiwala Zoo.

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Spotted Dove-2
Spotted Dove-2

Photographed in Anamaduwa.

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Spotted Dove-6
Spotted Dove-6

Photographed at Baddagana Wetland Park in Kotte.

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Spotted Dove-1
Spotted Dove-1

Photo taken inside the bird’s enclosure in Dehiwala Zoo.

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Spotted Dove
(අලු කොබෙයියා)
Spilopelia chinensis

These guys are very common across the country. They are brave birds and do commonly build nests inside houses to lay their eggs. One pair actually had a nest on top of my mother’s cabinet in the bedroom. 1st photo was taken inside the bird’s enclosure in Dehiwala zoo.

Others in Anamaduwa where there were a bunch of them who gave me a good photo opportunity.
 

Image 4 from Thalawathugoda where a couple of them were grooming in the morning. Image 5 and 6 also from the Diyawanna Oya area.

 
Emerald Dove-1
Emerald Dove-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

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Emerald Dove-2
Emerald Dove-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

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Emerald Dove-1
Emerald Dove-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

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Emerald Dove
(නීල කොබෙයියා)
Chalcophaps indica

This beautiful female was seen at the entrance to Sinharaja rain forest where she was busy picking up rice petals that fall off when other birds eat from the rice bowl.

Such a beautiful shade of green she has.

 
Orange-breasted Green Pigeon-1
Orange-breasted Green Pigeon-1

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Orange-breasted Green Pigeon-2
Orange-breasted Green Pigeon-2

Photographed in Kuchchaveli.

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Orange-breasted Green Pigeon-6
Orange-breasted Green Pigeon-6

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Orange-breasted Green Pigeon-1
Orange-breasted Green Pigeon-1

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Orange-breasted Green Pigeon
(ළය-රන් බටගොයා)
Treron bicinctus

This beautiful pigeon was properly photographed at Bundala National Park where it allowed me to get very close. What a magnificent beauty. 

I first came across one in Yala. Then in Kuchaveli and on the outskirts of Wilpattu National Park.

 
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Sri Lanka Green Pigeon / Pompadour Green Pigeon (පොම්පදෝරු බටගොයා)
Treron pompadora

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Yellow-footed Green Pigeon / Yellow-legged Green Pigeon (සීපාදු බටගොයා)
Treron phoenicoptera

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Critically Endangered
 
Green Imperial Pigeon-7
Green Imperial Pigeon-7

Photographed at Nawala.

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Green Imperial Pigeon-1
Green Imperial Pigeon-1

Photographed inside the Dehiwala Zoo birds enclosure.

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Green Imperial Pigeon-9
Green Imperial Pigeon-9

Photographed in the outskirts of Bulathsinhala.

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Green Imperial Pigeon-7
Green Imperial Pigeon-7

Photographed at Nawala.

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Green Imperial Pigeon
(නීල මහගොයා)
Ducula aenea

I snapped the first picture of this majestic bird inside the bird’s enclosure at the Dehiwala zoo. 2nd one at Habarana.

Images 3 and 4 are from Baddagana Wetland Park, Kotte.

Images 6 and 7 are of a pair photographed in front of my house in Nawala. Images 8 and 9 are from the outskirts of Bulathsinhala where a bunch of them were feeding on seeds of a kithul palm tree.