Bird Species List

Below is a list of
200 bird species

These are birds that we have observed at and around Tree Tops Jungle Lodge (within walking distance). Please note that all these bird species have been spotted over many years. Starting back in year 2002 … where we began living in the jungle at our wild camp property.

Our bird species list isn’t a scientific one but it is systematic.

The bird identification and bird groups follow classifications in this book :

John Harrison 

A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka 

Oxford University Press 

200 bird species

the list

Pelicans, Cormorants and Darter
Spot-billed Pelican
Great Cormorant
Little Cormorant
Indian Cormorant
Oriental Darter


Larger Herons, Eurasian Bittern and White Egrets
Purple Heron
Grey Heron
Intermediate Egret
Great Egret
Little Egret
Cattle Egret


Smaller Herons and Bitterns
Indian Pond Heron
Striated Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow Bittern
Cinnamon Bittern
Black Bittern


Storks, Ibis and Spoonbill
Painted Stork
Asian Openbill
Wooly-necked Stork
Lesser Adjudant
Black-headed Ibis
Eurasian Spoonbill


Grebes, Goose and Ducks
Little Grebe
Lesser Whistling-duck
Cotton Pigmy-goose


Birds of Prey
Oriental Honey Buzzard
Brahminy Kite
Crested Goshawk
Black-sholdered Kite
Rufous–bellied Eagle (rare)


Montagu’s Harrier
Pallied Harrier


Eagles and Vultures
Crested Serpent Eagle
Black Eagle
Mountain Hawk Eagle
Changeable Hawk-Eagle
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Grey-headed Fish Eagle




Game-birds and Buttonquails
Painted Francolin
Blue-breasted Quail
Jungle Bush Quail
Barred Buttonquail
Sri Lanka Spurfowl [ endemic ]
Indian Peafowl
Sri Lanka Junglefowl


Rails, Crakes, Coot, and Jacana
Slaty-breasted Rail
Ruddy-breasted Crake
White-breasted Waterhen
Common Moorhen
Purple Swamphen
Pheasant-tailed Jacana


Crap-Plover, Oystercatcher, Stilt and Thick-knees
Black-winged Stilt
Eurasian Thick-knee
Great Thick-knee


Courser, Pratincoles and Lapwings
Red-wattled Lapwing
Yellow-wattled Lapwing


Little Ringed Plover
Kentish Plover


Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper


Greater Painted Snipe
Common Snipe


Common Tern
Little Tern
Whiskered Tern


Pigeons and Doves
Rock Pidgeon
Spotted Dove
Emerald Dove
Orange-breasted Green Pigeon
Pompadour Green Pigeon [ endemic ]
Green Imperial Pigeon


Parrots, Koel, Malkohas, and Coucals
Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot [ endemic ]
Alexandrine Parakeet
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Plum Headed Parakite
Blue-faced Malkoha
Sri Lanka Red-faced Malkoha (very rare) [ endemic ]
Asian Koel
Sirkeer Malkoha
Greater Coucal


Chestnut-winged Cuckoo 
Pied Cuckoo
Common Hawk Cuckoo 
Indian Cuckoo
Lesser Cuckcoo 
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Plaintive Cuckoo
Drongo Cuckoo

Larger Owls and Hornbills                            Spot-bellied Eagle Owl
Brown Fish Owl
Brown Wood Owl
Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill [ endemic ]
Malabar Pied Hornbill


Trogon, Kingfishers, Bee-Eaters, Rollers and Hoopoe                                                              Malabar Trogon
Stork-billed Kingfisher
While-throated Kingfisher
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher
Little Green Bee-eater
Chestnutnut-headed Bee-eater
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Indian Roller
Common Hoopoe


Barbets and Woodpeckers
Coppersmith Barbet
Crimson-fronted Barbet (rare)
Brown-headed Barbet
Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
Yellow-crowned Woodpecker
Rufous Woodpecker
Black-rumped Flameback Woodpecker
Greater Flameback


Larks, Wagtails and Pipits
Oriental Skylark
Forest Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
Paddyfield Pipit


Treeswift, Swifts, Martins, and Swallows
Grey Rumped Treeswift
Asian Palm Swift
Alpine Swift
Brown backed Needletail
Little Swift
Indian Swiftlet
Barn Swallow
Ceylon Red-rumped Swallow
House Swift


Shrikes, Cuckooshrikes, and Minivets
Common Woodshrike
Large Cuckooshrike
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Small Minivet
Scarlet Minivet [ = Flame Minivet ]
Black-headed Cuckooshrike
Brown Shrike
Rufous-backed Shrike
Southern Grey Shrike
Ashy Woodswallow


Bulbuls, Leafbirds, Iora and Orioles
Black-headed Yellow Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul
White-browed Bulbul
Yellow-browed Bulbul
Common Iora
Jerdons Leafbird
Golden-fronted Leafbird
Black-hooded Oriole


Chats, Robins and Wheatears
Indian Blue Robin
White Rumped Shama
Oriental Magpie Robin
Black-backed Robin


Thrushes and Pitta
Indian Pitta


Babblers and Warblers
Sri Lanka Brown-capped Babbler [ endemic ]
Indian Scimitar Babbler
Dark-fronted Babbler
Tawny-bellied Babbler
Yellow-eyed Babbler
Yellow-billed Babbler
Clamorous Reed Warbler
Zitting Cisticola
Grey-breasted Prinia
Plain Prinia
Ashy Prinia
Jungle Prinia
Common Tailorbird


Monarchs, Paradise-flycatcher and Flycatchers
Black-naped Monarch Flycatcher
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
White-browed Fantail
Brown-breasted Flycatcher
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher


Tit, Nuthatch, Flowerpeckers, Sunbirds, and White-eyes
Great Tit
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Pale-billed Flowerpecker
Thick-billed Flowerpecker
Purple-rumped Sunbird
Long-billed Sunbird
Purple Sunbird
Oriental White-eye
Sri Lankan White-eye


Munias, Sparrows, and Weawers
White-throated Silverbill
White-rumped Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia
Black-headed Munia
Baya Weawer


Drongos, Starlings and Mynas and Magpie
Black Drongo
Grey Drongo
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
White-bellied Drongo
Sri Lanka Myna [ endemic ]
Hill Myna
Common Myna


Smaller Owls, Nightjars, and Frogmouth
Oriental Scops Owl
Collared Scops Owl
Brown Hawk Owl
Jungle Owlet
Sri Lanka Frogmouth [ endemic ] 
Indian Nightjar 
Jerdon’s Nightjar