Sri Lanka 2001 February Part 2

11 February We left Martin’s Place, and the Sanharaja forest with some relief, but also with some regret. As far as birding had been concerned, we’d had a fantastic three days. We’d also met some nice people, and, after getting over the initial shock, had enjoyed ourselves at Martin’s Place. It was certainly one of the most memorable experiences of our trip.

We left Sinharaja for Kitulgala, another forest area which offered many of the species we’d already seen in Sinharaja. Kitulgala was the place where ‘The Bridge Over the River Kwai’ was filmed, though the only bridge now is a pedestrian suspension bridge crossing the river a little downstream from the Plantation Hotel, our base for the next couple of nights. Unlimited hot water, a shower cubicle large enough to hold a football team, and fresh, crisp bed linen, all helped to mark the difference. We took full advantage!

The birding now was much more relaxed. We’d seen all of the endemics, and although the birding was good, it didn’t have the same urgency about it. The forest trail though offered a remarkably picturesque walk, but was steep in parts. We walked the trail twice, once in the early afternoon, and again in the evening. We hoped to get further views of Frogmouth during the evening. Having walked until the trail led out into paddy field, we waited here until dark before turning back to the frogmouth site.

It was as we left the paddy, that Sunil warned me not to stray around cultivated areas on my own – the local people apparently set ‘guns’ (I’m not sure what these guns are), which are triggered by animals encroaching onto cultivated land. These could be dangerous if I blundered into them! Back in the forest, Sunil heard and then found a Chestnut-backed Owlet. Just like the one at Sinharaja, this bird sat boldly on a tree branch, out of cover. Unlike the Sinharaja bird, this individual defecated, missing us by inches!

Making our way to the Frogmouth site, we were disappointed to find that we had been beaten to the site by another group of birders, led by one of Sunil’s colleagues, one Deepal Warakagoda. This group had a mass of high tech. listening equipment set up, and rather than hang around and be a nuisance, Sunil and I left for another site deeper into the forest. I later had cause to regret this! We heard, but never saw, Frogmouth, and arrived back at the hotel ready to climb into clean sheets.

12 February We took another walk into the forest, in the morning this time, and unexpectedly encountered a small party of Plum-headed Parakeets feeding on fruit. Any fruiting tree is worth a prolonged look, and we soon saw Grey Hornbill, Hanging-parrot, Orange, and Yellow-billed Babblers, Barbets, Minivets, and Bulbuls. We had good views of Spot-winged Thrush and Junglefowl in the forest, and at the end of the trail walked through the paddy field and into an area of pasture beyond. He we saw a couple of Red-faced Malkohas, Racket-tailed and White-bellied Drongos, our only Thick-billed Flowerpecker of the trip, and an unidentified raptor that lifted tantalisingly above the tree line on a few occasions.

During the afternoon, while taking it easy in the hotel restaurant, we saw Large-billed Leaf-warbler, again, the only bird of this species for the trip. I spent a long time watching Grey-rumped Treeswifts hunting over the river.

13 February It was time to head back to Colombo. We left Kitulgala, heading for Ingiriya, where we were to have a look at the forest, and then lunch, before going on to Colombo. The Ingiriya site was smaller than those forest sites we’d visited during the past week, but proved a fascinating stop. We walked the short trail, and saw Monarch, Tickell’s, Asian Brown and Paradise Flycatchers.

We also saw a pair of Rufous Woodpeckers, our first, but most memorably, superb views of both male and female Malabar Trogons.

We ate lunch at the Citizen’s Rest hotel in Ingiriya. Sunil left us for a while as we tucked into our curry, but re-appeared later, soaking wet. ‘Do you want to see Collared Scops-owl?’ he asked. The birds were in a streamside bush, apparently a regular roosting spot, but the only possible way to get a view was to get into the stream, and wade around the bush in order to look back. Isabel wimped it, but I stripped off and followed Sunil. There were two birds, huddled together deep in the bush, awake and wary. This was another unexpected bonus, a bird I hadn’t expected to see.

We moved on to Colombo after lunch, and after a nerve-wracking drive through the rush hour traffic, we arrived safely at the enormous TransAsia hotel. We spent the late afternoon in the pool, watching the poolside restaurant manager defending his territory against crows, with a lethal looking catapult. I’m happy to report that he never scored a hit! The pool area was being used to film scenes for a local ‘soap’,

14 February Our last day. Sunil picked us up early in order to visit the Bellanwila-Attidiya Sanctuary, on the outskirts of Colombo. Sanctuary is a bit of a misnomer, the place is a virtual landfill site, with rubbish strewn everywhere. Where the wetland hasn’t been filled though, birdlife is prolific, and we saw all three species of Bittern in a short visit, as well as a single Chinese Pond-heron amongst the dozens of Indian Pond-herons. Also present were Grey and Purple Herons, Jacanas, Water-hens, and most of the wetland birds we’d come to expect. There were plenty of Reed-warblers in the adjacent grasses, but we could only find Blythe’s.

I had earlier mentioned to Sunil that I’d like to visit Baurs office, and thank Perry for his efforts in retrieving our luggage. Sunil had passed on this message, but told us that Perry would come to meet us in the hotel. I was glad of the opportunity to meet Perry and the rest of the Baurs personnel, and to able to thank them for an absolutely wonderful holiday. Since we seemed satisfied, Perry agreed to let us finally pay for the trip! I understand that Perry, at least, will be at this year’s Birdfair.

15 February Sunil dropped us off at the airport, turning us over to Sam, who breezed us through the airport formalities. Our flight arrived, and left, on time, and we flew home via Male, Abu Dharbi and Amsterdam. In spite of a 45 min delay at Male, we never saw a single bird, and thus my Maldive list remains at zero! My Sri Lanka list is 244 (including subspecies), and for nearly a fortnight I could claim to have seen all the endemics. Then, I received the following message, forwarded by Fatbirder:-

Hi all,

According to the Seattle Times/Reuters story in today’s paper a new species of Otus was found last month by ornithologist Deepal Warakagoda. The bird has been photographed and confirmed by outside experts. The last new species discovered in Sri Lanka was the Ceylon Whistling-Thrush in 1868!

Sincerely

Ian ‘Birdbooker’ Paulsen
Bainbridge Is., WA, USA

What was Deepal doing in the Kitugala forest when we left him at the Frogmouth site? Was I that close? Again, it’s my list, and my Scops owls are staying on!

Sri Lanka – Birds Seen

1. LITTLE GREBE, TACHYBAPTUS RUFICOLLIS RUFICOLLIS, Lowland tanks – 4 records
2. LITTLE CORMORANT, PHALOCROCORAX NIGER (PYGMAEUS), Common throughout
3. INDIAN CORMORANT, PHALOCROCORAX FUSCICOLLIS, Common around Tissa, seen elsewhere
4. ORIENTAL DARTER, ANHINGA MELANOGASTER, 1 at Yala, but not searched for
5. SPOT BILLED PELICAN, PELECANUS CRISPUS, Common – Tissa, Bundala, Yala
6. LITTLE EGRET, EGRETTA GARZETTA, Common everywhere
7. GREY HERON, ARDEA CINEREA CINEREA, Common in wetlands/tanks
8. PURPLE HERON, ARDEA PURPUREA MANILENSIS, As common as Grey
9. GREAT EGRET, EGRETTA ALBA MODESTA, Common throughout
10. INTERMEDIATE EGRET, EGRETTA INTEREDIA INTERMEDIA, Recorded in Yala & Bundala, but not searched for elsewhere
11. CATTLE EGRET, BUBULCUS IBIS COROMANDUS, Very common throughout
12. INDIAN POND-HERON, ARDEOLA GRAYII, Very common throughout
13. CHINESE POND-HERON, ARDEOLA BACCHUS, 1 record from Bellanwila-Attidiya
14. GREEN HERON, BUTRIDES STRIATUS CHLORICEPS, 1 record from tank near Tissa
15. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, NYCTICORAX NYCTICORAX, Sigiriya, Bundala
16. YELLOW BITTERN, IXOBRYCHUS SINENSIS, Bundula, Tissa, Bellanwila
17. CINNAMON BITTERN, IXOBRYCHUS CINNAMOMEUS, 1 at Bellanwila
18. BLACK BITTERN, IXOBBRYCHUS FLAVICOLLIS, Tissa, Bellanwila
19. PAINTED STORK, MYCTERIA LEUCOCEPHALA, Fairly common lowlands
20. ASIAN OPENBILL, ANASTOMUS OSCITANS, Fairly common lowlands
21. WOOLLY-NECKED STORK, CICONIA EPISCOPUS, 3 records – Sigiriya, Tissa, Yala
22. BLACK-NECKED STORK, EPHIPPIORHYNCHUS ASIATICUS, 1 bird only – Yala
23. BLACK-HEADED IBIS, THRESKIORNIS MELANCEPHALUS, More common in dry zone
24. EURASIAN SPOONBILL, PLATALEA LEUCORODIA, 1 record – Yala
25. GREATER FLAMINGO, PHOENICOPTERUS RUBER, Many birds seen, but only at Bundala
26. LESSER WHISTLING-DUCK, DENDROCYGNA JAVANICA, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Dry zone – mostly in trees!
27. COTTON PYGMY-GOOSE, NETTAPUS COROMANDELIANUS, 2 birds on tank near Tissa
28. NORTHERN PINTAIL, ANAS ACUTA ACUTA, Small flock at Yala
29. GARGANY, ANAS QUERQUEDULA, Bundala (I’m pretty sure we saw these at Yala, but no record!)
30. JERDON’S BAZA, AVICEDA JERDONI, Once between Nuwara Eliya & Tissa. Perhaps another at Yala
31. ORIENTAL (CRESTED) HONEY-BUZZARD, PERNIS PTILORHYNCHUS, Several Horton Plains, 1 at Kitulgala
32. BLACK-SHOULDERED KITE, ELANUS CAERULEUS, 1 Anuradhapura; 1 en route to Sigirirya
33. BRAHMINY KITE, HALIASTUR INDUS, Most common raptor away from the highlands
34. WHITE BELLIED SEA EAGLE, HIERAAETUS LEUCOGASTOR, 1 Sigiriya; 1 Bundala
35. GREY-HEADED FISH-EAGLE, ICHTHYOPHAGA ICHTHYAETUS, 3 Yala; 1 Bundala
36. CRESTED SERPENT-EAGLE, SPILORNIS CHEELA, Fairly common
37. WESTERN MARSH-HARRIER, CIRCUS AERUGINOSUS, 1 Bellanwila; 2 around canals north of Colombo
38. PALLID HARRIER, CIRCUS MACROURUS, 1 record – En route to Tissa
39. SHIKRA, ACCIPITER BADIUS, 6 records, mostly from dry zone
40. BESRA, ACCIPITER VIRGATUS, 1 Anuradhapura; 1 Hakgala Bot. Gardens
41. INDIAN BLACK EAGLE, ICTINAETUS MALAYENSIS, 1 Kandy Bot. Gardens; 2 Sinharaja
42. CHANGEABLE HAWK-EAGLE, SPIZAETUS CIRRHATUS, 3 Sigiriya; Bundala; Uda Welawe
43. MOUNTAIN HAWK-EAGLE, SPIZAETUS NIPALENSIS, 1 Near Horton Plains
44. SHAHEEN, FALCO PEREGRINUS PEREGRINATOR, Sigiriya
45. RAIN QUAIL, COTURNIX COROMANDELICA, Anuradhapura, Bundala, Uda Welawe
46. CEYLON SPURFOWL, GALLOPERDIX BICALCARATA, Sinharaja
47. CEYLON JUNGLEFOWL, GALLUS LAFAYETII, Fairly common Sigiriya, dry zone, Kitulgala
48. COMMON PEAFOWL, PAVO CRISTATUS, Anuradhapura; common Yala & Bundala
49. SLATY-LEGGED CRAKE, RALLINA EURIZONOIDES, Sinharaja
50. WHITE-BREASTED WATER-HEN, AMAURORNIS PHOENICURUS, Common
51. RUDDY-BREASTED CRAKE, PORZANA FUSCA, Seen on two days in Victoria Park, Kandy
52. PURPLE SWAMPHEN, PORPHYRIO PORPHYRIO, Fairly common
53. COMMON MOORHEN, GALLINULA CHLOROPUS, Less common, but not scarce
54. PHEASANT-TAILED JACANA, HYDROPHASIANUS CHIRURGUS, Common
55. BLACK-WINGED STILT, HIMANTOPUS HIMANTOPUS CEYLONENSIS, Anuradhapura, Yala, Bundala
56. EURASIAN THICK-KNEE, BURHINUS OEDICNEMUS OEDICNEMUS, Bundala
57. GREAT THICK-KNEE, BURHINUS RECURVIROSTRIS, 2 nearTissa, 6 Bundala
58. INDIAN COURSER, CURSORIUS COROMANDELICUS, 1 Yala
59. PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, PLUVIALIS FULVA, Tissa, Yala, Bundula
60. GREY PLOVER, PLUVIALIS SQUATAROLA, Bundula
61. COMMON RINGED PLOVER, CHARADRIUS HIATICULA HIATICULA, Bundula
62. KENTISH PLOVER, CHARADRIUS ALEXANDRINUS ALEXANDRINUS, Yala, Bundula
63. LESSER SAND (MONGOLIAN) PLOVER, CHARADRIUS MONGOLUS ?MONGOLUS?, Yala, Bundula
64. GREATER SAND PLOVER, CHARADRIUS LESCHENAULTII LESCHENAULTII, Yala, Bundula
65. YELLOW-WATTLED LAPWING, VANELLUS MALABARICUS, Bundula
66. RED-WATTLED LAPWING, VANELLUS INDICUS, Common
67. PINTAIL SNIPE, GALLINAGO STENURA, Tissa, Bundula
68. BLACK-TAILED GODWIT, LIMOSA LIMOSA, Tissa, Bundula
69. EURASIAN CURLEW, NUMENIUS ARQUATA ARQUATA, Yala, Bundula, Colombo
70. SPOTTED REDSHANK, TRINGA ERYTHROPUS, Tissa
71. COMMON REDSHANK, TRINGA TOTANUS TOTANUS, Tissa, Bundala
72. MARSH SANDPIPER, TRINGA STAGNATILIS, Bundala
73. COMMON GREENSHANK, TRINGA NEBULARIA, Tissa, Yala, Bundala
74. GREEN SANDPIPER, TRINGA OCHROPUS, Bundala
75. WOOD SANDPIPER, TRINGA GLAREOLA, Anuradhapura, Tissa
76. COMMON SANDPIPER, TRINGA HYPOLEUCOS, Tissa, Yala, Bundula, Uda Welawe
77. RUDDY TURNSTONE, ARENARIA INTERPRES INTERPRES, Bundala
78. SANDERLING, CALIDRIS ALBA, Bundala
79. LITTLE STINT, CALIDRIS MINUTA, Bundala
80. BROWN-HEADED GULL, LARUS BRUNNICEPHALUS, Bundala
81. GULL-BILLED TERN, STERNA NILOTICA NILOTICA, Yala
82. CASPIAN TERN, STERNA CASPIA, Tissa, Bundala
83. GREAT CRESTED-TERN, STERNA BERGII CRISTATUS, Tissa
84. COMMON TERN, STERNA HIRUNDO HIRUNDO, Bundala
85. LITTLE TERN, STERNA ALBIFRONS ALBIFRONS, Tissa (could have been Saunders I suppose!)
86. WHISKERED TERN, CHLIDONIAS HYBRIDUS HYBRIDUS, Anuradhapura, Tissa, Yala, Bundula
87. ROCK DOVE, COLUMBA LIVIA, Fairly common
88. CEYLON WOOD-PIGEON, COLUMBA TORRINGTONI, Horton Plains
89. SPOTTED DOVE, STREPTOPELIA CHINENSIS, Everywhere
90. EMERALD DOVE, CHALCOPHAPS INDICA, Fairly common, mainly Sigiriya, Sinharaja, Kitulgala
91. ORANGE-BREASTED PIGEON, TRERON BICINTA, Yala, Bundala
92. POMPADOUR GREEN-PIGEON, TRERON POMPADORA, Sigiriya, Yala, Uda Welawe
93. GREEN IMPERIAL-PIGEON, DUCULA AENEA, Sigiriya, Yala, Sinharaja, Kitulgala
94. CEYLON HANGING-PARROT, LORICULUS BERYLLINUS, Kandy Bot. Gardens, Sinharaja, Kitulgala
95. ALEXANDRINE PARAKEET, PSITTACULA EUPATRIA, Kandy Bot. Gardens
96. RING NECKED (ROSE -RINGED) PARAKEET, PSITTACULA KRAMERI, Everywhere
97. BLOSSOM-HEADED PARAKEET, PSITTACULA ROSEATA, Kitulgala
98. LAYARD’S PARAKEET, PSITTACULA CALTHROPAE, Kandy Bot. Gardens was only sighting
99. PIED CUCKOO, CLAMATOR JACOBINUS, 1 Sigiriya, 1 Tissa
100. CHESTNUT-WINGED CUCKOO, CLAMATOR COROMANDUS, 2 records, both Sinharaja
101. INDIAN CUCKOO, CUCULUS MICROPTERUS, 2 records, both Sinharaja
102. LESSER CUCKOO, CUCULUS POLIOCEPHALUS, 1 Tissa, 1 Uda Welawe
103. PLAINTIVE CUCKOO, CACOMANTIS MERULINUS, Sigiriya, Yala, Bundala
104. DRONGO CUCKOO, SURNICULUS LUGUBRIS, 1 record only – Anuradhapura
105. ASAIN (COMMON) KOEL, EUDYNAMYS SCOLOPACEA, Fairly common
106. BLUE-FACED MALKOHA, PHAENICOPHAEUS VIRIDIROSTRIS, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Bundula, Uda Welawe
107. SIRKEER MALKOHA, PHAENICOPHAEUS LESCHENAULTII, Bundula, Uda Welawe
108. RED-FACED MALKOHA, PHAENICOPHAEUS PYRRHOCEPHALUS, Sinhararja, Kitulgala
109. GREATER COUCAL, CENTROPUS SINENSIS, Common
110. GREEN-BILLED COUCAL, CENTROPUS CHLORORHYNCHUS, Sinharaja
111. ORIENTAL SCOPS-OWL, OTUS SUNIA LEGGEI, Heard near Sigiriya, seen only as brief flight view
112. COLLARED SCOPS-OWL, OTUS BAKKAMOENA, 2 birds Ingiriya
113. BROWN FISH-OWL, KETUPA ZEYLONENSIS, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Kandy, Tissa
114. BROWN WOOD-OWL, STRIX LEPTOGRAMMICA, Kandy
115. CHESTNUT-BACKED OWLET, GLAUCIDIUM CASTANONOTUM, Sinharaja, Kitulgala
116. CEYLON FROGMOUTH, BATRACHOSTOMUS MONILIGER, Sinharaja, heard at Kitulgala
117. JERDON’S NIGHTJAR, CAPRIMULGUS ATRIPENNIS, Ruhuna Sanctuary. 2 flight views, + 1 on track
118. INDIAN NIGHTJAR, CAPRIMULGUS ASIATICUS, Anuradhapura (many), Ruhuna (approx. 5)
119. GREY-RUMPED TREESWIFT, HEMIPROCNE LONGIPENNIS, 1 perched at Sigiriya, in flight Ruhuna, Uda Welawe, Kitulgala
120. INDIAN SWIFTLET, COLLOCALIA UNICOLOR, Sigiriya, Kitulgala
121. ASIAN PALM SWIFT, CYPSIRIUS BALASIENSIS (PARVUS), Widespread, commonest swift.
122. LITTLE SWIFT, APUS AFFINIS, Sigiriya, Bundala, Kitulgala
123. MALABAR TROGON, HARPACTES FASCIATUS, Sinharaja, Ingiriya
124. COMMON (LITTLE BLUE) KINGFISHER, ALCEDO ATTHIS TAPROBANA, Common
125. STORK-BILLED KINGFISHER, PELARGOPSIS CAPENSIS CAPENSIS, Common
126. WHITE-BREASTED (SMYRNA) KINGFISHER, HALCYON SMYRNENSIS FUSCA, Very, very common
127. PIED KINGFISHER, CERYLE RUDIS LEUCOMELANDURA, Anuradhapura, Yala, Bundala
128. LITTLE GREEN BEE-EATER, MEROPS ORIENTALIS ORIENTALIS, Fairly common, seen most days.
129. BLUE-TAILED BEE-EATER, MEROPS SUPERCILIOSUS PHILIPPINUS, Probably the most common bee-eater
130. CHESTNUT-HEADED BEE-EATER, MEROPS LESCHENAULTI LESCHENAULTI, Least common bee-eater – Pinawele, Bundala
131. INDIAN ROLLER, CORACIUS BENGHALENSIS, Widespread
132. EUROPEAN HOOPOE, UPUPA EPOPS, Sigiriya, Yala, Bundala
133. CEYLON GREY HORNBILL, OCYCEROS GINGALENSIS, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Kitulgala
134. MALABAR PIED-HORNBILL, ANTHRACOCEROS CORONATUS, 3 or 4 sightings, all at Yala
135. BROWN-HEADED BARBET, MEGALAIMA ZEYLANICA, Sigiriya, Bundala, Kitulgala
136. YELLOW-FRONTED BARBET, MEGALAIMA FLAVIFRONS, Anuradhapura, Sinharaja,
137. CRIMSON-FRONTED BARBET, MEGALAIMA RUBRICAPILLA, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Tissa, Sinharaja
138. COPPERSMITH BARBET, MEGALAIMA HAEMACEPHLA, 2 sightings at Sigiriya
139. BROWN-CAPPED (PYGMY) WOODPECKER, DENDROPICOS MOLUCCENSIS GYMNOPTHALMUS, Sigiriya
140. YELLOW-CROWNED WOODPECKER, DENDROCOPOS MAHRATTENSIS MAHRATTENSIS, Yala
141. RUFOUS WOODPECKER, CELEUS BRACHYURUS JERDONII, One sighting of a pair at Ingiriya
142. LESSER YELLOWNAPE, PICUS CHLOROLOPHUS WELLSI, Sinharaja
143. RED-BACKED WOODPECKER, DINOPIUM BENGHALENSE PSARODES, Pinawele, Uda Welawe, Kitulgala
144. GREATER FLAMEBACK, CHRYSOCOLAPTES LUCIDUS STRICKLANDI, Sigiriya,
145. WHITE-NAPED WOODPECKER, CHRYSOCOLAPTES FESTIVUS TANTUS, Pair defending nest hole near Tissa
146. INDIAN PITTA, PITTA BRACHYURA, Sigiriya
147. RUFOUS-WINGED BUSHLARK, MIRAFRA ASSAMICA, Widespread
148. ORIENTAL SKYLARK, ALAUDA GULGULA, Bundala
149. BARN SWALLOW, HIRUNDO RUSTICA, Very common
150. TYTLER’S SWALLOW, HIRUNDO RUSTICA TYTLERI, 1 sighting at a roadside stop between Sigiriya & Kandy
151. HILL SWALLOW, HIRUNDO DOMICOLA, Near Horton Plains, Labookellie Tea factory (both nest sites)
152. RED-RUMPED SWALLOW, HIRUNDO DAURICA, Yala
153. SRI LANKA RED-RUMPED SWALLOW, HIRUNDO DAURICA HYPERTHRA, Anuradhapura
154. RICHARD’S PIPIT, ANTHUS RICHARDI (NOVAESEELANDIAE), Bundala
155. ORIENTAL (PADDYFIELD) PIPIT, ANTHUS RUFULUS (RICHARDI), Fairly common
156. FOREST WAGTAIL, DENDRONANTHUS INDICUS, Kandy, Sinharaja
157. GREY WAGTAIL, MOTACILLA CINERIA, Nuwera Eliya, Kitulgala
158. BLACK-HEADED CUCKOO-SHRIKE, CORACINA METANOPTERA, Sigiriya, Uda Welawe
159. SMALL MINIVET, PERICROCOTUS CINNAMOMEOUS, Bundala
160. SCARLET MINIVET, PERICROCOTUS FLAMMEUS, Anuradhapura,Kandy, Tissa, Uda Welawe
161. BAR-WINGED FLYCATCHER-SHRIKE, HEMIPUS PICATUS, Sigiriya, Sinharaja
162. BLACK-CRESTED BULBUL, PYCNONOTUS MELANICTERUS, Sigiriya, Sinharaja, Kitulgala
163. RED-VENTED BULBUL, PYCNONOTUS CAFER, Very common
164. YELLOW-EARED BULBUL, PYCNONTUS PENICILLATUS, Kandy
165. WHITE-BROWED BULBUL, PYCNONTUS LUTEOLUS, Fairly common
166. YELLOW-BROWED BULBUL, IOLE INDICUS, Sinharaja, Kitulgala
167. BLACK BULBUL, HYPSIPETES LEUCOCEPHALUS (MADAGASCARIENSIS), Kandy, Sinharaja, Kitulgala
168. COMMON IORA, AEGITHINA TIPHIA, Fairly common
169. BLUE-WINGED (JERDON’S) LEAFBIRD, CHLOROPSIS COCHINCHINENSIS, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya
170. GOLDEN-FRONTED LEAFBIRD, CHLOROPSIS AURIFRONS, Sinharaja, Kitulgala
171. INDIAN BLUE ROBIN, LUSCINIA BRUNNEA, Nuwera Eliya, Sinharaja
172. ORIENTAL MAGPIE-ROBIN, COPSYCHUS SAULARIS, Common
173. WHITE-RUMPED SHAMA, COPSYCHUS MALABARICUS, Sigiriya
174. PIED BUSHCHAT (PIED STONECHAT), SAXICOLA CAPRATA, Horton Plains, Nuwara Eliya, Bundala
175. BLACK-BACKED ROBIN, SAXICOLOIDES FULICATA LEUCOPTERA, Common
176. BLUE ROCK-THRUSH, MONTICOLA SOLITARIUS, Sigiriya Rock Fortress – 1202 steps up!
177. CEYLON WHISTLING-THRUSH, MYOPHONUS BLIGHI, Horton Plains
178. PIED THRUSH, ZOOTHERA WARDII, Victoria Gardens in Nuwera Eliya
179. ORANGE-HEADED THRUSH, ZOOTHERA CITRINA, Single sighting at Sigiriya
180. SPOT-WINGED THRUSH, ZOOTHERA SPILOPTERA, Sinharaja, Kitulgala
181. SCALY (WHITE’S) THRUSH, ZOOTHERA DAUMA IMBRICATA, Sinharaja
182. EURASIAN BLACKBIRD, TURDUS MERULA KINNISII, En route from Horton Plains to Kandy
183. CEYLON BUSH-WARBLER, BRADYPTERUS PALLISERI, Horton Plains
184. FAN TAILED WARBLER (ZITTING CISTICOLA), CISTICOLA JUNCIDIS, Horton Plains
185. GREY-BREASTED PRINIA, PRINIA HODGSONII, Near Uda Welawe
186. JUNGLE PRINIA, PRINIA SYLVATICA, Bundala
187. ASHY PRINIA, PRINIA SOCIALIS, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Horton Plains, Yala
188. PLAIN PRINIA (BROWN WREN-WARBLER), PRINIA INORNATA (SUBFLAVA), Common
189. BLYTH’S REED-WARBLER, ACROCEPHALUS DUMETORUM, Nuwara Eliya, Bellanwila
190. BOOTED WARBLER, HIPPOLAIS CALIGATA CALIGATA, Sigiriya
191. SYKES’ WARBLER, HIPPOLAIS CALIGATA RAMA, Embilipiya,
192. COMMON TAILORBIRD, ORTHOTOMUS SUTORIUS, Anuradhapura
193. GREEN WARBLER, PHYLLOSCOPUS NITIDUS, Uda Welawe
194. LARGE-BILLED LEAF-WARBLER, PHYLLOSCOPUS MAGNIROSTRIS, Kitulgala
195. ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER, MUSCICAPA DAUURICA, Kandy, Kitulgala, Ingiriya
196. DULL-BLUE FLYCATCHER, EUMYIAS SORDIDA, Horton Plains
197. KASHMIR FLYCATCHER, FICEDULA SUBRUBRA, Victoria Gardens in Nuwera Eliya
198. TICKELL’S BLUE-FLYCATCHER, CYORNIS TICKELLIAE, Kandy, Sinharaja, Kitulgala
199. GREY-HEADED CANARY-FLYCATCHER, CULICICAPA CEYLONENSIS, Victoria Gardens in Nuwera Eliya
200. WHITE-BROWED FANTAIL, RHIPIDURA AUREOLA, Sigiriya, Tissa
201. BLACK-NAPED MONARCH, HYPOTHYMIS AZUREA, Hakgala, Sinharaja, Kitulgala
202. INDIAN PARADISE-FLYCATCHER, TERPSIPHONE PARADISI PARADISI, White males at Sigiriya, Yala, Sinharaja
203. SRI LANKAN PARADISE-FLYCATCHER, TERPSIPHONE PARADISI CEYLONENSIS, Brown males at Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Kitulgala
204. ASHY-HEADED LAUGHINGTHRUSH, GARRULAX CINEREIFRONS, Twice at Sinharaja, both times in groups of five or six
205. BROWN-CAPPED BABBLER, PELLORNEUM FUSCOCAPILLUM, Sigiriya, Kandy, Sinharaja
206. INDIAN SCIMITAR-BABBLER, POMATORHINUS HORSFIELDII, Horton Plains, Sinharaja
207. TAWNY-BELLIED BABBLER, DUMETIA HYPERYTHRA, Anuradhapura, Yala
208. DARK-FRONTED BABBLER, RHOPOCICHLA ATRICEPS, Sigiriya,Sinharaja, Kitulgala
209. ORANGE-BILLED BABBLER, TURDOIDES RUFESCENS, Sinharaja, Kitulgala
210. YELLOW-BILLED BABBLER, TURDOIDES AFFINUS, Common
211. GREAT TIT, PARUS MAJOR MAHRATTARUM, Nuwera Eliya
212. VELVET-FRONTED NUTHATCH, SITTA FRONTALIS, Sinharaja (incl. two nest building at Park HQ in village)
213. PURPLE-RUMPED SUNBIRD, NECTARINA ZEYLONICA, Common
214. PURPLE SUNBIRD, NECTARINA ASIATICA, Common
215. LONG-BILLED SUNBIRD, CINNYRIS LOTENIUS, Common
216. THICK-BILLED FLOWERPECKER, DICAEUM AGILE, Kitulgala
217. WHITE-THROATED (LEGGE’S) FLOWERPECKER, DICAEUM VINCENS, Sinharaja
218. PALE-BILLED (TICKELL’S) FLOWERPECKER, DICAEUM ERYTHRORHYNCHOS, Common
219. CEYLON WHITE-EYE, ZOSTEROPS CEYLONENSIS, Nuwera Eliya
220. ORIENTAL WHITE=EYE, ZOSTEROPS PALPEBROSUS, Kitulgala
221. BLACK-HOODED ORIOLE, ORIOLUS XANTHORNUS, Common
222. BROWN SHRIKE, LANIUS CRISTATUS, Common
223. PHILLIPINE SHRIKE, LANIUS CRISTATUS LUCIONENSIS, Common
224. BLACK-DRONGO, DICRURUS MACROCERCUS, Anuradhapura
225. WHITE-BELLIED DRONGO, DICRURUS CAERULESCENS INSULARIS, Common
226. WHITE-VENTED DRONGO, DICRURUS CAERULESCENS LEUCOPYGIALIS, One seen at roadside stop between Anuradhapura & Sigiriya
227. RACKET-TAILED DRONGO, DICRURUS PARADISEUS CEYLONICUS, Kitulgala, Ingiriya
228. CRESTED DRONGO, DICRURUS PARADISEUS LOPHORHINUS, Sinharaja
229. CEYLON MAGPIE, UROCISSA ORNATA, Sinharaja
230. HOUSE CROW, CORVUS SPLENDENS, Common
231. LARGE-BILLED CROW, CORVUS MACRORHYNCHOS, Common
232. ASHY WOODSWALLOW, ARTAMUS FUSCUS, Tissa, Bundala
233. WHITE-FACED STARLING, STURNUS SENEX, Sinharaja
234. BRAHMINY (BLACK-HEADED) STARLING, STURNUS PAGODARUM, Yala, Bundala, Bellanwila
235. ROSE-COLOURED STARLING, STURNUS ROSEUS, Anuradhapura, Bellanwila
236. COMMON MYNA, ACRIDOTHERES TRISTIS, Very common
237. CEYLON MYNA, GRACULA PTILOGENES, Sinharaja
238. SOUTHERN HILL MYNA, GRACULA INDICA, Spice gardens between Sigiriya & Kandy
239. HOUSE SPARROW, PASSER DOMESTICUS, Common around towns and villages
240. BAYA WEAVER, PLOCEUS PHILIPPINUS, Tissa
241. WHITE-RUMPED MUNIA, LONCHURA STRIATA, Fairly common
242. BLACK-THROATED MUNIA, LONCHURA KELAARTI KELAARTI, Sinharaja
243. SCALY-BREASTED (NUTMEG) MUNIA, LONCHURA PUNCTULATA, Common
244. BLACK-HEADED MUNIA, LONCHURA MALACCA, Yala, Bundala, Tissa

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