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

This endemic beauty was photographed on the outskirts of the Sinharaja rainforest. 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.

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

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species
Pale-capped Pigeon
Oriental Turtle Dove / Rufous Turtle Dove
(පෙරදිගු කයුරු කොබෙයියා)
Streptopelia orientalis

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species
Oriental Turtle Dove
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.

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

Yet to capture image

Vagrant species
Red Collared Dove
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.

Spotted Dove
Emerald Dove
(නීල කොබෙයියා)
Chalcophaps indica

This beauty was 1st 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.

The next batch (images 3 to 13) is of a male I believe. What a beauty.

Images 14 and 15 are from Wilpattu National Park.

Emerald Dove
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.

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

These native beauties have proved notoriously difficult to photograph. The first photos were taken on the outskirts of Kithulgala from afar. A whole bunch were in the canopy and never came down closer.

I came across a flock of them on the outskirts of Wilpattu and got lucky. (Images 3 to 6)

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

Yet to capture image

Critically Endangered
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon
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.

Green Imperial Pigeon
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