Birds of Sri Lanka: Chrysocolaptes stricklandi

Chrysocolaptes stricklandi (Kottoruwa/ crimson-backed flameback)

Chrysocolaptes stricklandi

 

The crimson-backed flameback (Chrysocolaptes stricklandi) is a species of bird in the Picidae family. It is found on Sri Lanka. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of the greater flameback. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Spilopelia chinensis

Spilopelia chinensis (Alu Kobeiya/  Spotted Dove ) 

Spilopelia chinensis

 

The spotted dove (Spilopelia chinensis) is a small and somewhat long-tailed pigeon which is a common resident breeding bird across its native range on the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The species has been introduced into many parts of the world and feral populations have become established. This species was formerly included in the genus Streptopelia with other turtle-doves, but studies suggest that they differ from typical members of that genus. This dove is long tailed buff brown with a white-spotted black collar patch on the back and sides of the neck. The tail tips are white and the wing coverts have light buff spots. There are considerable plumage variations across populations within its wide range. The species is found in light forests and gardens as well as in urban areas. They fly from the ground with an explosive flutter and will sometimes glide down to a perch. It is sometimes also called the mountain dove, pearl-necked dove or lace-necked dove.

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Birds of Sri Lanka: Psittacula krameri

Psittacula krameri (Raana Girawa/Mala Girawa]/Rose-ringed Parakeet)

Psittacula krameri

 

The rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri), also known as the ring-necked parakeet, is a gregarious tropical Afro-Asian parakeet species that has an extremely large range.

The rose-ringed parakeet is sexually dimorphic. The adult male sports a red or black neck ring and the hen and immature birds of both sexes either show no neck rings, or display shadow-like pale to dark grey neck rings. Both sexes have a distinctive green colour. Rose-ringed parakeets measure on average 40 cm (16 in) in length, including the tail feathers, a large portion of their total length. Their average single-wing length is about 15–17.5 cm (5.9–6.9 in). In the wild, this is a noisy species with an unmistakable squawking call. It is herbivorous and not migratory.

One of the few parrot species that have successfully adapted to living in disturbed habitats, it has withstood the onslaught of urbanisation and deforestation. As a popular pet species, escaped birds have colonised a number of cities around the world. Since the population appears to be increasing, the species was evaluated as being of least concern by the IUCN in 2012, but its popularity as a pet and unpopularity with farmers have both reduced its numbers in some parts of its native range.

The genus name Psittacula is a diminutive of Latin psittacus, “parrot”, and the specific krameri commemorates the Austrian naturalist Wilhelm Heinrich Kramer.

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1/400 sec at f/6.3
340 mm, ISO 500
Nikon D90 & Sigma 50-500mm

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Birds of Sri Lanka: Centropus sinensis

Centropus sinensis (Ati Kukula/ Greater Coucal/ Southern Coucal / Common Coucal)

Centropus sinensis

The greater coucal or crow pheasant (Centropus sinensis), is a large non-parasitic member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. A widespread resident in Asia, from India, east to south China, Nepal and Indonesia, it is divided into several subspecies, some being treated as full species. They are large, crow-like with a long tail and coppery brown wings and found in wide range of habitats from jungle to cultivation and urban gardens. They are weak fliers, and are often seen clambering about in vegetation or walking on the ground as they forage for insects, eggs and nestlings of other birds. They have a familiar deep resonant call which is associated with omens in many parts of its range. (Source: Wikipedia)

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1/640 Sec at f /6.3
500 mm, ISO 400

 

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Birds of Sri Lanka: Oriolus xanthornus

Oriolus xanthornus (Kaha Kurulla/ The black-hooded oriole)

Oriolus xanthornus

 

The black-hooded oriole (Oriolus xanthornus) is a member of the oriole family of passerine birds and is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia. It is a bird of open woodland and cultivation. The nest is built in a tree, and contains two eggs. Its food is insects and fruit, especially figs, found in the tree canopies where they spend much of their time. The male is striking, with the typical oriole black and yellow colouration. The plumage is predominantly yellow, with a solid black hood, and black also in the wings and tail centre. The female black-hooded oriole is a drabber bird with greenish underparts, but still has the black hood. Young birds are like the female, but have dark streaking on the underparts, and their hood is not solidly black, especially on the throat. The black head of this species is an obvious distinction from Indian golden oriole, Oriolus kundoo, which is a summer visitor to northern India. Orioles can be shy, and even the male may be difficult to see in the dappled yellow and green leaves of the canopy. The black-hooded oriole’s flight is somewhat like a thrush, strong and direct with some shallow dips over longer distances. (Source: Wikipedia)

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Birds of Sri Lanka: Terpsiphone paradisi

 Terpsiphone paradisi (Sivuru Hora/ Indian paradise flycatcher)

Terpsiphone paradisi

Indian paradise flycatcher

 

 

The Indian paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) is a medium-sized passerine bird native to Asia that is widely distributed. As the global population is considered stable, it has been listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List since 2004. It is native to the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Myanmar.

Males have elongated central tail feathers, and a black and rufous plumage in some populations, while others have white plumage. Females are short-tailed with rufous wings and a black head. Indian paradise flycatchers feed on insects, which they capture in the air often below a densely canopied tree.  (Source: Wikipedia)

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Birds of Sri Lanka : Pitta brachyura

Pitta brachyura (Avichchiya/Indian pitta)

Indian pitta

Pitta brachyura

The Indian pitta (Pitta brachyura) is a passerine bird native to the Indian subcontinent. It inhabits scrub jungle, deciduous and dense evergreen forest. Breeding in the forests of the Himalayas, hills of central and western India, they migrate to other parts of the peninsula in winter. Although very colourful, they are usually shy and hidden in the undergrowth where they hop and pick insects on the forest floor. They have a distinctive two note whistling call which may be heard at dawn and dusk.It is considered Least Concern by IUCN as its range is very large.    (Source: Wikipedia)

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Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

 

fire and ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Fire and Ice by Robert Frost

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In This Short Life

In This Short Life

In this short life

In this short Life
That only lasts an hour
How much — how little — is
Within our power

Emily Dickinson

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Not to be anywhere

Not to be anywhere

Not to be anywhere

 

“The mind blanks at the glare. Not in remorse
— The good not done, the love not given, time
Torn off unused — nor wretchedly because
An only life can take so long to climb
Clear of its wrong beginnings, and may never;
But at the total emptiness for ever,
The sure extinction that we travel to
And shall be lost in always. Not to be here,
Not to be anywhere,
And soon; nothing more terrible, nothing more true.”

Aubade by E. E. Cummings

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