Feathered Friends - Bird Watching
If you are a bird watching enthusiast wanting to experience as many endemic birds in the shortest possible time, then Sri Lanka is where your aspirations will come true! Sri Lanka is a birder’s paradise for both endemic and migratory birds with dedicated bird sanctuaries and wetland parks where one can experience first hand rare feathered congregations at most given times. Get ready for a fulfilling experience and some rare and explicit photography as you make your way through the bird sanctuaries and wetland parks. The favourable climatic conditions and natural habitats have made Sri Lanka home to 439 species of birds of which 236 are breeding residents, 203 migrants and the rest vagrants in addition to over 200 migratory birds that have made Sri Lanka their winter migratory grounds. Amongst the endemic species to be observed is the Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Sri Lanka White Eye, Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl, Ceylon Wood Pigeon, Ceylon Whistling Thrush and the Ceylon Crested Drongo amongst others.
Some important birding destinations in Sri Lanka are the Sinharaja Rain Forest, Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary, Attidiya Bird Sanctury, Kanneliya Forest Reserve, Wirawila Bird Sanctuary and the Bundala and Kumana National Parks.