Spotting Sri Lanka's Exotic and Endemic Birds

Little green bee-eaters, Sri Lanka (courtesy of Matt Ward)

Our Birdwatching Sri Lanka holiday is a 14-day specialist birding tour of Sri Lanka, a comprehensive guided introduction to the diverse birdlife of the island.

To date, there are 528 recorded bird species in Sri Lanka with 33 classified as endemic (some say 34!), with November to April the best time to spot endemics, particularly in the Kitulgala, Sinharaja and Horton Plains areas. You will also visit Bundala, the first Ramsar site (wetlands of international importance) in the country, which is the most significant wetland for birds on the island outside of Northern Province. Other highlights are Yala and Wilpattu National Parks, two of the largest wildlife reserves and both Dry Zone regions.

With the help of an expert naturalist guide, you will spot a great number and variety of birds while on this specialist birding tour in Sri Lanka, visiting the most important nesting sites, migratory routes and overwintering grounds in the country. Previous wildlife holidays have seen more than 170 bird species with us, and another couple of avid birders managed 125 different species in a week! Quite rightly, Sri Lanka is renowned as an ornithologist’s 'Garden of Eden'.

Of particular note, Sinharaja is the single most important site for endemic birds and mixed species bird flocks on the island. According to a study of the mixed species bird flocks in the area, 42 individual birds on average occur in the flocks, which makes this flock the world's largest mixed species bird flock.

Other significant birding sites, such as Mannar Island and Giant’s Tank in the northwest, or Gal Oya and Kumana National Parks as well as Kokkilai Bird Sanctuary in the east, may be included, since the itinerary is flexible and may be adapted to your own particular birding interests.

Remember that all of our holidays to Sri Lanka and Maldives are truly tailor made with no set dates, accommodation, duration, routes or visits, so each holiday is unique and specially created to your very own interests and requirements.

Take a look below at the outline itinerary as an inspiration for creating your own birdwatching holiday.

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“We were delighted with our trip to Sri Lanka, especially with the amount of birds and wildlife we were able to see. It was wonderful, too, seeing elephants in their natural habitat, as well as leopards. Niroshan was a perfect guide – knowledgeable, friendly, always on time and always looking smart. An unforgettable trip which has produced some amazing photos.”

Laurence & Elaine