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Birdlife

Sri Lanka is considered one of the top best destinations for Bird watching, with over 400 recorded species and 34 endemics found nowhere else in the world.

The wetland areas of the country’s capital Colombo is home to species such as Purple Heron, Lesser Whistling Duck, Purple Coot, Painted Stork, Asian Openbill, Black and Yellow Bitterns, Common Kingfisher, Black Headed Ibis and raptors including the Collared Scopes Owl, Shikra and the Oriental Honey Buzzard.

A boat ride in the north of Muthurajawala sanctuary, will take you around flocks of various water bird species. The lowland endemics are most witnessed in tropical rainforests in and around Sinharaja, Kitulgala and Kanneliya. The dense cover area is an ideal habitat for elusive owl species such as the iconic Serendib Scops Owl, the Chestnut Backed Owlet, the Sri Lankan Super Fowl and the Green-billed Coucal.

oving to the central highlands, the climate play host to endemic species such as the Dull Blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, the legendary Sri Lankan Whistling Thrush or Arrenga, Eurasian Blackbird, Velvet Fronted Nuthatch, Kashmir Flycatcher and Yellow Eared Bulbul.

The Dry Zone National Parks, such as Yala, Wilpattu and Bundala are home to Sri Lanka’s national bird the Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl. One of the most beautiful birds to be seen in these forests is the Indian Peacock and its colorful mating dance. Many raptor species such as the Crested Hawk Eagle, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle and Grey Headed Fish Eagle can be spotted quite often in these parks along with noisy flocks of Malabar-pied Hornbills.

During the onset of the northern hemisphere winter, a large number of migrant species from far away Europe, Siberia and such, leave due to the cold climate. These Migratory birds are often to be seen during the Birding Season. Known as the “Jewel of the Forest”, the beautiful Indian Pita is spotted annually in the same patch. The European Bee-eater is a rare winter visitor which is occasionally seen in Yala National Park for a few days each year.

The far north of the country, namely in Mannar and Jaffna is best visited during December to March with many migrant and resident water bird species conquering the skies. The Spot Billed Duck, Northern Shovelor, Garganeys and Northern Pintails are among the numerous duck species seen in water bodies across this landscape.

A 10 – 14 day Birding Holiday will allow you to visit a multitude of these places and observe around 250+ species in the winter months including most endemics. The industry’s best naturalist guides work with Classic Wild, who are experts at seeking out the most elusive of the endemics.

Endemic Birds of Sri Lanka

1. Serendib Scops Owl
2. Layard’s Parakeet
3. Crimson-fronted Barbet
4. Chestnut-backed Owlet
5. Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot
6. Sri Lanka Yellow-fronted Barbet
7. Sri Lanka Woodshrike
8. Sri Lanka Flameback
9. Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon
10. Sri Lanka Swallow
11. Black-rumped Flameback
12. Sri Lanka Green Pigeon
13. Sri Lanka Junglefowl
14. Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill
15. Sri Lanka Brown-capped Babbler
16. Sri Lanka Spurfowl
17. Sri Lanka Ashy-headed Laughing Thrush

18. Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler
19. Red-faced Malkoha
20. Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush
21. Sri Lanka Orange-billed Babbler
22. Sri Lanka Blue Magpie
23. Sri Lanka Scaly Thrush
24. Sri Lanka White-eye
25. Dull-blue Flycatcher
26. Sri Lanka Spot-winged Thrush
27. Sri Lanka White-faced Starling
28. Yellow-eared Bulbul
29. Sri Lanka Bush Warbeler
30. Sri Lanka White-throated Flowerpecker
31. Black-capped Bulbul
32. Sri Lanka Green-billed Coucal
33. Sri Lanka Hill Myna

Serendib Scops Owl

Otus thilohoffmanni

Sri Lanka Blue Magpie

Urocissa ornata

Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush

Myophonus blighi

Serendib Scops Owl

Otus thilohoffmanni

Sri Lanka Blue Magpie

Urocissa ornata

Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush

Myophonus blighi

Serendib Scops Owl

Otus thilohoffmanni

Sri Lanka Blue Magpie

Urocissa ornata

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