Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Blue-faced Tuesday

Blue-faced Malkoha

This Blue-faced Malkoha tested my manual focussing skills during my last trip to Yala National Park. A cuckoo family member, it is not brood-parasitic as most of its other relatives, but builds its own nest. In Sri Lanka it is found in the more sylvan parts of the dry and intermediate zones.


Kirigalpoththa said...

Never seen that bird before!

Anonymous said...

Thats such a GORGEOUS bird Amila. How do you come across these ? You really must have some impeccable level of attention to detail... What a wonderfull ability/ talent to spot/capture in pictures these amazing creatures...

rainfield61 said...

You should have focused at her eye. Am I right?

Gallicissa said...

Hi K,
Perhaps that is because it frequents thickets like that...

Hi Nat,
Thanks a lot!
It is not the easiest bird to photograph, as it has a habit of melting away in the vegetation. As this was shot during the dry season, most of the shrubs were devoid of leaves. As a result it did not have enough cover and I was able to see through the thicket.

Hi Rainfield,
Yep, that's what I did. If the eye is not sharp it usually ends it the bin, in my case.

Chriss said...

Now that is a very unique looking bird. Love the white rimmed eye.

Gallicissa said...

Hi Chriss,
Actually that area around the eye is a light blue, which earns this bird its vernacular, Blue-faced Malkoha.

flowergirl said...

Yes, it really skulks around doesn't it? We saw it while going in search of the pitta actually.

Check out this picture by Arun -


Tabib said...

Never seen this Malkoha.
This picture very well represent how difficult to photograph birds in nature.
Very good effort!.

mboi said...

i got some nice close ups of these guys a while back at udawalawe at one of the wildlife department bungalows. can't remember the name but it's the one that is walking distance to the river. 3 or 4 of them were busy eating some bugs or something on a small tree just outside the window.

Faine said...

What a fantastic blog this! I am hoping to visit Sri Lanka in the near future...this is a great resource.

Gallicissa said...

Hi Flowergirl,
It does...I have better shots of this from the same encounter, but they are the sort of shot that you often see. I thought of sharing THIS ONE, because it captures its typical behaviour.

Interesting link...I have commented.

Hi Tabib,
Thanks! I am envious that you have so many Malkohas over there.

Hi mboi,
Good to know that. I have camped there twice...GREAT spot for jungle birding!

Hi Faine,
Thanks and good to hear that!
Hope you will have a good time when you visit SL.

sach said...

the ever elusive Blue-faced :) well done

Gallicissa said...

Hi Sach,
I have a decent shot of a Red-faced Malkoha, doing the disappearing act at Sinharaja. All I need now is a Sirkeer Malkoha doing that thing, to complete the set.

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