Tit, Nuthatch, Flowerpeckers, Sunbirds and White-eyes

Great Tit-5
Great Tit-5

Photographed in Horton Plains National Park.

Great Tit-3
Great Tit-3

Photographed at Horton Planes.

Great Tit-6
Great Tit-6

Photographed in Horton Plains National Park.

Great Tit-5
Great Tit-5

Photographed in Horton Plains National Park.

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Great Tit
(මහ ටිකිරිත්තා)
Parus major

This bunch of noisemakers who were fighting over food was observed at Haggala Gardens. They were so preoccupied with the fight, they came right next to me on the ground. Unfortunately, I took too long to adjust my camera to take a better picture.

 

The next image was taken in Nuwara Eliya right outside the house. This guy was so brave and came very close.

 

Images 3 to 6 are from Horton Planes.

 
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch-1
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Bodhinagala Forest Reserve.

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch-2
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Bodhinagala Forest Reserve.

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch-8
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch-8

Photographed in the outskirts of Bodhinagala Forest Reserve.

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch-1
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Bodhinagala Forest Reserve.

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Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
(විල්ලුද නලල් ‍යටිකුරිත්තා)
Sitta frontalis

Two of these guys showed up at the outskirts of the 'Bodinagala' forest reserve. They are highly specialised to dig-up little worms and caterpillars hiding under tree bark. The beak is a special instrument and looks as if its fixed up-side-down.

 
Pale-billed Flowerpecker-1
Pale-billed Flowerpecker-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Pale-billed Flowerpecker-2
Pale-billed Flowerpecker-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Pale-billed Flowerpecker-1
Pale-billed Flowerpecker-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Pale-billed Flowerpecker
(ලාතුඩු පිලිලිච්චා)
Dicaeum erythrorhynchos

Seen inside a thick bush on the outskirts of Sinharaja rain forest, this tiny bird is a cutie. As he was inside the bush, I couldn’t take more pictures that show the whole bird.

Doubtful identification
 
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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Thick-billed Flowerpecker
(මාතුඩු පිලිලිච්චා)
Dicaeum agile

Yet to capture image

 
White-throated Flowerpecker-5
White-throated Flowerpecker-5

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

White-throated Flowerpecker-3
White-throated Flowerpecker-3

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

White-throated Flowerpecker-4
White-throated Flowerpecker-4

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

White-throated Flowerpecker-5
White-throated Flowerpecker-5

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja Rain Forest.

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White-throated Flowerpecker
(ශ්‍රි ලංකා පිලිලිච්චා)
Dicaeum vincens

Rare and endemic, these female White-throated Flowerpeckers were eating ripe fruits on a Jam tree on the outskirts of Sinharaja forest. There were two of them but both were females.

 
Purple-rumped Sunbird-6
Purple-rumped Sunbird-6

Photographed inside the Yala National Park.

Purple-rumped Sunbird-1
Purple-rumped Sunbird-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Nuwara Eliya.

Purple-rumped Sunbird-10
Purple-rumped Sunbird-10

Photographed in my home garden at Nawala.

Purple-rumped Sunbird-6
Purple-rumped Sunbird-6

Photographed inside the Yala National Park.

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Purple-rumped Sunbird
(නිතඹ දම් සුටික්කා)
Leptocoma zeylonica

First came across these birds in Welimada (image 1) where a pair were feeding the babies inside a neatly built nest hanging off a tiny branch of a tree. The female did all the work while the male was on guard.
 

They pop up again in Polonnaruwa. (Image 2) Image 3 from Kuchchaveli. Image 4 from Galle where a pair of them were buzzing around a tree in my friends garden. 

 

Image 5, 6 and 7 are from Yala. What beautiful colours for a small bird. Notice the purple rump on image 7. Image 10 is from my home garden in Nawala.

 
Long-billed Sunbird-1
Long-billed Sunbird-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Kuchchaveli.

Long-billed Sunbird-2
Long-billed Sunbird-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Kuchchaveli.

Long-billed Sunbird-5
Long-billed Sunbird-5

Photographed at Baddagana Wetland Park.

Long-billed Sunbird-1
Long-billed Sunbird-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Kuchchaveli.

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Long-billed Sunbird
(ලොටෙන්ගෙ සුටික්කා)
Cinnyris lotenius

This displaying male was putting quite a show outside my hotel room in Kuchchaveli. Such beautiful colours.

The more dull looking female was seen at 'Anawilundawa'(Image 3) and inside Baddagana Wetland Park (Images 4 and 5).

 
Purple Sunbird-1
Purple Sunbird-1

Photographed inside the Yala National Park.

Purple Sunbird-2
Purple Sunbird-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Jaffna.

Purple Sunbird-4
Purple Sunbird-4

Photographed in the outskirts of Jaffna.

Purple Sunbird-1
Purple Sunbird-1

Photographed inside the Yala National Park.

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Purple Sunbird
(දම් සුටික්කා)
Cinnyris asiaticus

This beauty first properly photographed at Yala. (Image 1) Look at the colours and velvety texture of this male. He was busy feeding and my presence scared him off. I could only manage 1 photograph.

 

Images 2 to 4 are from Jaffna where a juvenile was getting fed by its parents. The baby was making a lot of noise asking for more food and the parents didn't fail to deliver. I could only manage a few good pictures which were disappointing. Captured at dusk while on an off-road in Jaffna.

 
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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Oriental White-eye
(පෙරදිගු සිතාසියා)
Zosterops palpebrosus

Yet to capture image

 
Sri Lanka White-eye-1
Sri Lanka White-eye-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Mandaramnuwara.

Sri Lanka White-eye-2
Sri Lanka White-eye-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Mandaramnuwara.

Sri Lanka White-eye-5
Sri Lanka White-eye-5

Photographed in the outskirts of Mandaramnuwara.

Sri Lanka White-eye-1
Sri Lanka White-eye-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Mandaramnuwara.

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Sri Lanka White-eye
(ශ්‍රි ලංකා සිතාසියා)
Zosterops ceylonensis

Endemic to Sri Lankan highlands this beauty was captured on my camera in low light at misty Mandaramnuwara in the foothills of Piduruthalagala. Based on the wide eye-ring and the greenish colour I'm confident this is a Sri Lankan White-eye and not an Oriental White-eye.