Captured in Kurunegala, this Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti) was seen perched in this tree for about an hour occasionally taking off to catch flying insects in mid air. It seemed to prefer this tree at the border of a small thicket which was facing a bare land with small shrubs. This preference maybe because such a location allows easier catching of its desired prey.
About 17 cm in length,it is known locally as the "kurumini kurulla" or "thalamba his binguharaya" and is a common resident bird seen in all parts of the island with preference to the wet zone. They are known to lay eggs in burrows which I thought to be quite a peculiar behaviour for a bird.