Bird Watching Tours in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, is one of the top picks of bird watching enthusiasts. A tropical island in the Indian Ocean situated 10 degrees north of the equator, comprises of diverse and favourable climatic conditions and natural habitats for birds such as forests, scrublands, grasslands, marshy wetlands, seas, lagoons and agricultural lands. The country is home to over 430 species of birds of which 236 are breeding residents, 203 migrants and the rest vagrants. For a country as small as Sri Lanka having 33 endemic bird species and 68 endemic subspecies of birds with a species endemism of 11% goes to demonstrate why Sri Lanka is one of the finest bird watching destinations in the world. This includes endemics such as Fowls, Pigeons, Parrots, Parakeets, Malkoha, Coucal, Owl, Owlet, Hornbill, Barbet, Magpie, Bulbul, Warbler, Babbler, Thrush, White-eye, Mynah, Starling, Flycatcher, Flowerpecker, Pigeon, Barbet, Flameback, Woodshrike, Drongo and Swallow.
In addition, there are nearly 200 seasonal migratory birds both terrestrial and aquatic, moving away from the Northern winter travelling from as far as Siberia, Scandinavia and Western Europe, arriving around September/October and leaving by mid-April. Since Sri Lanka is situated at the farthest southern point away from the south of India with no other landmass until the South Pole, the migrating birds end their long journey in Sri Lanka, making it a regular wintering ground. Some of the migrants include the Openbill, Ibis, Heron, Egrets, Pelicans, Cormorant, Water-cock, Swamphen, Waterhen, Stilts, Duck and Grebe.
The main bird watching sanctuary in Sri Lanka is the Kumana National Park which is considered one of the most important nesting and breeding grounds in Sri Lanka. The Bundala national Park situated in the southernmost tip of the bird migratory route is a favourite birding ground where flocks of flamingos, herons and storks are a regular sight. The other places are the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary, Sinharaja Rain Forest, Bodinagala Forest Reserve, Peak Wilderness Sanctuary, Kitulgala Forest Reserve, Yala, Wilpattu, Udawalawe, Wasgamuwa, Minneriya and Horton Plains National Parks in addition to numerous tanks, reservoirs, lagoons, marshes, lakes and rivers.
Take a look at our signature bird watching tours in Sri Lanka designed by our local bird watching naturalists. These signature bird watching tours include the must visit bird watching sites in Sri Lanka and also some of our local secret bird watching spots which guarantees you maximum number of bird sightings during your bird watching tour of Sri Lanka. These signature bird watching tours in Sri Lanka could be tailored to fit your budget, duration and type of accommodation options you prefer from small simple guest houses to stylish boutique hotels, located at the heart of bird watching sites in Sri Lanka. So drop us an request today to plan that perfect bird watching tour of Sri Lanka.
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