Birds

There are well over 100 species of birds in and around the environs of The Mudhouse.

Beyond our laid-back bird watching excursions, serious bird watchers might be interested to spend more time visiting many of the local hotspots and really concentrate on their sightings.

Here we provide a list of some of the species that can seen here. Please note – this list is by no means exhaustive, but is one we have managed to assemble with recent confirmed sightings that we have documented. We have indicated which species are migratory, resident and endemic.

(Special thanks to Ayanthi Samarajewa, who has been a continual source of fascinating information and assistance to us on the birds of Sri Lanka).

Little Grebe (Resident)
Little Cormorant (Resident)
Indian Shag (Resident)
Oriental Darter (Resident)
Little Egret (Resident)
Great Egret (Resident)
Intermediate Egret (Resident)
Grey Heron (Resident)
Purple Heron (Resident)
Indian Pond Heron (Resident)
Wooly-necked Stork (Resident)
Asian Openbill (Resident)
Lesser Whistling-duck (Resident)
Black-headed Ibis (Resident)
Brahminiy Kite (Resident)
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Resident)
Grey-headed Fish-eagle (Resident)
Crested Serpent-eagle (Resident)
Shikra (Resident)
Crested Hawk-eagle (Resident)
Ceylon Junglefowl (Endemic)
Indian Peafowl (Resident)
White-breasted Waterhen (Resident)
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Resident)
Pintail Snip (Migrant)
Pasific Gold Plover (Migrant)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Resident)
Lesser Sand Plover (Migrant)
Wood Sandpiper (Migrant)
Common Greenshank (Migrant)
Marsh Sandpipper (Migrant)
Curlew Sandpiper (Migrant)
Common Sandpiper (Migrant)
Black-winged Stilt (Resident + MIgrant)
Indian Stone-curlew (Resident)
Great Thick-knee (Resident)
Gull-billed Tern (Migrant)
Whiskered Tern (Migrant)
Little Tern (Resident + Migrant)
Spotted Dove (Resident)
Emerald Dove (Resident)
Orange-breasted Green-pigeon (Resident)
Green Imperial-pigeon (Resident)
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Resident)
Grey-bellied Cuckoo (Migrant)
Southern Coucal (Resident)
Blue-faced Malkoha (Resident)
Jacobin Cuckoo (Resident)
Asian Koel (Resident)
Indian Scops-owl (Resident)
Jerdon’s Nightjar (Resident)
Indian Little Nightjar (Resident)
Asian Palm-swift (Resident)
Crested Tree-swift (Resident)
Common Kingfisher (Resident)
White-throated Kingfisher (Resident)
Little Green Bee-eater (Resident)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Migrant)
Malabar Pied Hornbill (Resident)
Brown-headed Barbet (Resident)
Coppersmith Barbet (Resident)
Black-rumped Flameback (Resident)
Jerdon’s Bushlark (Resident)
Barn Swallow (Migrant)
Red-rumped Swallow (Endemic)
Paddyfield Pipit (Resident)
Large Cuckooshrike (Resident)
Black-headed Cuckooshirke (Resident)
Ceylon Woodshrike (Endemic)
Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Resident + Migrant)
Black-naped Blue Monarch (Resident)
Red-vented Bulbul (Resident)
White-browed Bulbul (Resident)
Common Iora (Resident)
Jerdon’s Leafbird (Resident)
Brown Shrike (Migrant)
Oriental Magpie-robin (Resident)
White-rumped Sharma (Resident)
Indian Black Robin (Resident)
Brown-capped Babbler (Endemic)
Dark-fronted Babbler (Resident)
Yellow-billed Babbler (Resident)
Tawny-bellied Babbler (Resident)
Yellow-eyed Babbler (Resident)
Zitting Cisticola (Resident)
Plan Prinia (Resident)
Grey-breasted Prinia (Resident)
Ashy Prinia (Resident)
Common Tailorbird (Resident)
Purple-rumped Sunbird (Resident)
Pale-billed Flower-pecker (Resident)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Resident)
White-rumped Munia (Resident)
Baya Weaver (Resident)
Common Myna (Resident)
Black-headed Oriole (Resident)
Black Drongo (Resident + Migrant)
White-bellied Drongo (Resident)