Shrikes, Cuckooshrikes and Minivets

Sri Lanka Woodshrike-1
Sri Lanka Woodshrike-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Kalkudha.

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Sri Lanka Woodshrike-2
Sri Lanka Woodshrike-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Kalkudha.

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Sri Lanka Woodshrike-7
Sri Lanka Woodshrike-7

Photographed in the outskirts of Nilgala forest.

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Sri Lanka Woodshrike-1
Sri Lanka Woodshrike-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Kalkudha.

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Sri Lanka Woodshrike / Ceylon Wood Shrike
(වන-කෞල් ඇස්පටියා)
Tephrodornis affinis

Photographed in Kalkudah area, it was inside the shade of a tree which meant I had to take the photos in low light without even knowing what species I was photographing. I had to get creative to improve the light with editing to see the beauty of the bird. 

Images 6 and 7 are from the outskirts of Nilgala forest.

 
Still to capture photo
Still to capture photo

Still waiting to get lucky and capture image.

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Still to capture photo
Still to capture photo

Still waiting to get lucky and capture image.

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Large Cuckooshrike
(මහ කොවුල්-සරටිත්තා)
Coracina macei

Yet to capture image

 
Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike-7
Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike-7

Photographed in Horton Plains National Park.

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Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike-1
Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike-6
Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike-6

Photographed in Horton Plains National Park.

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Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike-7
Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike-7

Photographed in Horton Plains National Park.

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Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike / Pied Flycatcher-Shrike (වෛරපිය මැසි-සරටිත්තා) Hemipus picatus

First seen at Sinharaja rain forest this guy was sitting high in the canopy. (Image 1 & 2)

Then on the outskirts of 'Bodinagala' forest reserve, I took images 3 and 4.

Images 5 to 7 are from Horton Plains National Park.

 
Small Minivet-2
Small Minivet-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Rathnapura.

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Small Minivet-1
Small Minivet-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Rathnapura.

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Small Minivet-2
Small Minivet-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Rathnapura.

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Small Minivet
(පුන්චි මිනිවිත්තා)
Pericrocotus cinnamomeus

Seen at Rathnapura, I didn't initially think I was able to take a good picture. It was a pleasant surprise when I was browsing through the images. Such a beautifully coloured bird. 

 
Flame Minivet-10
Flame Minivet-10

Photographed in the outskirts of Bodhinagala Forest Reserve.

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Flame Minivet-1
Flame Minivet-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Flame Minivet-9
Flame Minivet-9

Photographed in the outskirts of Bodhinagala Forest Reserve.

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Flame Minivet-10
Flame Minivet-10

Photographed in the outskirts of Bodhinagala Forest Reserve.

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Flame Minivet / Orange Minivet
(දිලිරත් මිනිවිත්තා)
Pericrocotus flammeus

Images 1 and 2 are of a female Flame Minivet seen at the outskirts of Sinharaja forest. The next set of photographs of a male and female from the outskirts of the 'Bodinagala' forest reserve where a pair of them were playing around. Such beautiful yellows and oranges. One of the flashiest birds in Sri Lanka.

 
Black-headed Cuckooshrike-1
Black-headed Cuckooshrike-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Bodhinagala Forest Reserve.

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Black-headed Cuckooshrike-2
Black-headed Cuckooshrike-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Bodhinagala Forest Reserve.

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Black-headed Cuckooshrike-3
Black-headed Cuckooshrike-3

Photographed in the outskirts of Bodhinagala Forest Reserve.

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Black-headed Cuckooshrike-1
Black-headed Cuckooshrike-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Bodhinagala Forest Reserve.

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Black-headed Cuckooshrike
(කලු-හිස් කොවුල්-සරටිත්තා)
Coracina melanoptera

This female Black-headed Cuckooshrike is photographed near the 'Bodinagala' forest reserve. After a rainy start to the trek, I was utterly disappointed with the lack of birds around when he showed up. Made my day from that point on wards.  

 
Brown Shrike-8
Brown Shrike-8

Photographed inside the Yala National Park.

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Brown Shrike-1
Brown Shrike-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Rathnapura.

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Brown Shrike-9
Brown Shrike-9

Photographed at Diyasaru Wetland Park.

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Brown Shrike-8
Brown Shrike-8

Photographed inside the Yala National Park.

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Brown Shrike
(බොර සබරිත්තා)
Lanius cristatus

1st and 2nd images captured in Ratnapura in the middle of a tea cultivation.

Images 3, 4 and 5 are from Gampaha near the hotel I operate where he was basking in the morning sun.

Image 6, 7 and 8 are from Yala where this first-year, non-breeding beauty was flying around inside a bush. I managed to get super close and it put on a superb show for me.

Image 9 from Diyasaru park, Thalawathugoda.

 
Rufous-backed Shrike-2
Rufous-backed Shrike-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Kuchchaveli.

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Rufous-backed Shrike-1
Rufous-backed Shrike-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Kuchchaveli.

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Rufous-backed Shrike-5
Rufous-backed Shrike-5

Photographed from a distance in Mannar.

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Rufous-backed Shrike-2
Rufous-backed Shrike-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Kuchchaveli.

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Rufous-backed Shrike / Rufous-rumped Shrike (දික්පෙඳ සබරිත්තා)
Lanius schach

For some reason, I have had an image of this beauty for long time which o took in Trincomalee but by mistake never used it. The first 3 images are from there.

 

I came across another one in Mannar.

 
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Still to capture photo

Still waiting to get lucky and capture image.

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Still to capture photo
Still to capture photo

Still waiting to get lucky and capture image.

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Southern Grey Shrike / Great Grey Shrike
(අලු සබරිත්තා)
Lanius excubitor

Yet to capture image

 
Ashy Woodswallow-5
Ashy Woodswallow-5

Photographed inside the Chundikulam National Park.

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Ashy Woodswallow-1
Ashy Woodswallow-1

Photographed at Anavilundawa Sanctuary.

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Ashy Woodswallow-4
Ashy Woodswallow-4

Photographed inside the Chundikulam National Park.

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Ashy Woodswallow-5
Ashy Woodswallow-5

Photographed inside the Chundikulam National Park.

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Ashy Woodswallow / Ashy Swallow-Shrike
(අලු වනලිහිනියා)
Artamus fuscus

First spotted at 'Anawilundawa' on a cloudy day. (images 1 and 2) Took the pictures without knowing what it was as it was difficult to distinguish features in the bright background.

 

Came across many more of them in Jaffna and in Chundikulam. (images 3 to 5)

 

A truly weird looking bird due to its bluish bill.

 
 
Bay-backed Shrike-1
Bay-backed Shrike-1

Photographed at Udawalawe National Park.

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Bay-backed Shrike-2
Bay-backed Shrike-2

Photographed at Udawalawe National Park.

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Bay-backed Shrike-1
Bay-backed Shrike-1

Photographed at Udawalawe National Park.

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Bay-backed Shrike
(පිට-අලු සබරිත්තා)
Lanius vittatus

The Bay-backed Shrike seen at Udawalawe National Park. A very rare occurrence, he was seen in Yala national park a few years back and now in Udawalawe. I was lucky enough to capture him in a photo using my point-and-shoot.

 

He is one of the trigger points for me to start this big adventure.

Vagrant species