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March 30, 2017

Kalamatiya Birds

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Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary.

29/03/2017. Kiula, Sri Lanka. Last night I met a guy who said he would take me to the bird sanctuary on his motorbike. This morning at 6:30am we set off along Kalamatiya Road towards the beach. We climbed this big rock overlooking the lagoon. We could see for miles.

Pheasant-tailed Jacana
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus)

After that we toddled off down the road, stopping at various places and walking along the edges of the trees.

Asian Koel
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea), female

New birds are: Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Great Thick-knee, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Loten’s Sunbird, Sri Lanka White-faced Starling (Sturnus albofrontatus), and Black-rumped Flameback.

pacific grey plover
Pacific Golden Plover

Black-rumped Flameback
Black-rumped Flameback (Dinopium benghalense psarodes)

The Red-backed Woodpecker is race psarodes of the Black-rumped Flameback. There are two races of Dinopium benghalense in Sri Lanka. The other race, jaffnense (Golden-backed Woodpecker) is found in the north.

Loten’s Sunbird
Loten’s Sunbird (Nectarinia lotenia)

Loten’s Sunbird has a far longer bill than the Purple or Purple-backed Sunbird.

Purple-rumped Sunbird
Purple-rumped Sunbird (Nectarinia zeylonica)

Rose-ringed Parakeet
Rose-ringed Parakeet

Great Thick-knee
Great Thick-knee (Esacus recurvirostris)

Yellow-wattled Lapwing
Yellow-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus malarbaricus)

Sri Lanka White-faced Starling ??
white-browed bulbul (Pycnonotus luteolus)

Confirmation needed on this ID please. edit: white-browed bulbul (Pycnonotus luteolus) .

Purple-faced Langur
Purple-faced Langur

Kalamatiya bird list

Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) female
Indian Peafowl
Common Myna
white-browed bulbul (Pycnonotus luteolus)
Red-wattled Lapwing
Yellow-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus malarbaricus)
Great Thick-knee (Esacus recurvirostris)
Black-winged Stilt
Red-rumped Swallow
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus)
Indian Cormorant
Wood Sandpiper
Pacific Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Whimbrel
Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
Purple-rumped Sunbird (Nectarinia zeylonica)
Loten’s Sunbird (Nectarinia lotenia)
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Spotted Dove
Orange-breasted Green Pigeon (Treron bicinctus)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
Black-rumped Flameback (Dinopium benghalense psarodes) or Red-backed Woodpecker.
House Crow
Oriental Magpie-Robin
Brahminy Kite
Shikra ?
Paddyfield Pipit ?
Pale-billed Flowerpecker

Purple-faced Langur

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