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Birdwing Sri-lanka

Sri Lanka November december 2010 (.25 Mb pdf)

  • A report by David and Vicki Bryant discussing 252 species of birds including 33 endemics plus 10 night-birds with Amila Salgado of Birdwing Nature Holidays.

Sri Lanka, an Independent trip report 19/11 to 18/12/2012

  • Most of the tours do this trip in 2 weeks, on an independent way we find that 3 weeks are the best to be sure to find many interesting birds of this island. All is easy, the country is nice and rather clean, and the people are pleasant and never insistent...Noelle Jacob reports

Sri Lanka Dec 2011 a report in .pdf format (750kB) by Andrew and Trish Forsyth

Sri Lanka 1st-15th November 2011

  • After a nap and lunch this was the first site visited and a good introduction to the common birds of Sri Lanka. As a surprise Jith took us out for an evening meal to the Cricket Club. This is where all the visiting test sides go and is steeped in cricket history and memorabilia...John Kirby reports.

Dubai and Sri Lanka Sunday 16th-25th October 2011 a report in .pdf format (900kB) by John and Thomas Yates

Sri Lanka Endemic birds 8th July-15th July 2011

  • After stopping to admire elephants we then focused on woodshrike for the rest of the day. Just after the last elephant is a box bridge across a river. We parked here and looked for woodshrike, no luck but we did get a nice Malabar Pied hornbill and Jerdon’s leafbird...Michael Grunwell reports.

A trip to the Wet Zone of Sri Lanka 2nd-16th April 2011

  • High above in the canopy was a Red-faced Malkoha with a red face disc. A cock Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl came out of the jungle ahead of us and Amila ‘chooked’ it close for photos...Paul Brown reports

Ahungalaa and Sinharaja (Sri Lanka) 30th Nov - 8th Dec 2010 a large report in .pdf format (5 Mb) by Justin Jansen

Sri Lanka, via Dubai 18th-27th October 2010 a report in .pdf format (950kB) by John Yates

Sri Lanka 13th 17th March 2010 a VERY big report in .pdf format (26Mb) by Chris Holtby & Dave Thrussell

Sri Lanka 5-19th March 2010 a report in .pdf format (1.2 Mb) by Derek and Gillian Marsh

Sri Lanka 16th-29th January 2010 - a report in .pdf format (3 Mb) by Brian and Isabel Eady

Sri Lanka 4th January to 11th January 2010

  • Here we saw mainly endemic species, the highlight was a male Sri Lankan Frogmouth on a nest near the research station...Ray Kite reports.

Sri Lanka (A family "Birding in Style" trip report.) 16th-30th Dec 2009 a report in .pdf format (1.3Mb) by Stephen Lowe on behalf of Birdwing Nature Holidays.

Sri Lanka Frogmouth
Serendib Scops Owl
(c) Amila Salgado/Birdwing Nature Holidays!

Sri Lanka 24th January to 7th February 2009

  • As a birding destination, Sri Lanka has got the lot with a good number endemics, tropical beauties and excellent wetlands. Most trips see around 220 to 260 species over 2 weeks...Craig Howat reports...lots of pictures.

Sri Lanka 26 Feb-10 Mar 2009

  • Sri Lanka is an excellent destination to combine winter sun, cultural visits and some very good birding.  Obviously if you want to “clear-up” with the endemics in one trip, ad hoc birding as and when is not the thing for you.  However, I think a great deal is possible and this destination suits an independent trip...Mark Easterbrook reports  

Sri Lanka Jan-Feb, 2008.

  • ..Ten minutes more of intense scanning to find the source of its ventriloquial call and we were all enjoying cracking views of a Serendib Scops Owl, which had eluded the bird watchers until 2001 and us for a little over 2 days! Needless to say it was justifiably rated as the bird of the trip.....Amila Salgado reporting for Birdwing Nature Holidays.

Sri Lanka 2006

  • Among the early stars of the tour was a nesting Chestnut-backed Owlet and the first of several co-operative Indian Pittas, both right in the garden of the first of our two Kitulgala Guest Houses.  Several gorgeous Sri Lanka Mynas, Malabar Trogons and a posing Spot-winged Thrush were also enjoyed there....Paul Holt reports for Sunbird

Sri Lanka: off-peak and independent 29 September to 10th October 2008

  • The purpose of this short report is to provide some up-to-date, specific birding information based on a recently made trip to Sri Lanka in autumn 2008. Whilst there are many reports already available online, almost all are from the peak (winter) season...Oscar Campbell reports.

Birds of Sri Lanka (Helm Field Guides) [Paperback]
Deepal Warakagoda et al: Buy from or

  • With a rich avifauna of more than 350 species that includes 29 endemics, the island of Sri Lanka is one of southern Asia's most popular birding destination. This new field guide provides full coverage of every species on the Sri Lanka list, including most vagrants, with particular emphasis placed on endemic species and races. Detailed text highlights key identification criteria, along with accurate colour maps.

Sri Lanka Nov/Dec 2006

  • Then the moment we’d waited for, sure enough a small dark thrush flew upstream, landed all too briefly and disappeared, gave a loud whistle, and that was that. Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush in the bag!!..Simon Harthill reports

Sri Lanka - A Birding, Wildlife, History, and Culture Tour 13th Feb - 8th Mar 2006

  • Being keen but novice birders, we wanted a tour of Sri Lanka that would give us the opportunity to see as many of the birds of the country as possible, but also to see other wildlife, historic and cultural sites...Sue Ebbutt and Alan Smith report

Sri Lanka 2nd - 22nd Jan 2006

  • We found Sri Lanka very different from India – much quieter, less frenetic, less smelly, cleaner and generally less of a culture shock. Really quite calm and laid back. Even the driving is quieter – when an oncoming bus overtakes in a stupid place and you have to pull off the road to avoid it hitting you there is no hooting or shaking of fists – just calm acceptance. I suppose Buddhism must be a factor here...Rosemary Royle reports.

Sri Lanka 3-21 December 2005

  • We had planned a visit to Sri Lanka for many years and had such an enjoyable, relaxed and rewarding trip that we wished we had done so long before. Birds are abundant and tame everywhere we went....Carol and Tim Inskipp report.

Sri Lanka 15 Nov– 8 Dec 2005

  • With Rohan’s help we identified some spectacular birds, 230 species in all, including 25 endemics and a number of species we had not seen before Peter and Margaret Whiles report.

Sri Lanka March 25 – April 10 2005

  • After some lunch we went to the Talangama wetland area to see our first Sri Lankan birds. This is a typical mixture of tank and paddy and a very pleasant place for our introduction to the Sri Lankan countryside. It which yielded a good number of interesting species, notably Purple Heron, Yellow Bittern.....Alf King reports.

Sri Lanka 23rd Jan to 6th Feb 2005

  • Sri Lanka as a birding destination primarily for its large list of endemics and its exotic eastern atmosphere, have been very high on my places to visit list for a long time.  Its predominantly Buddhist  people have a great respect for all animals and as such the nature watcher has a wealth of opportunities open to him.  It's a special place for bird watchers...Steve Dark reports

Sri Lanka 12-27th December 2004

  • All in all, not a bad 8 days birding for a very reasonable ground cost... If not for the time lost could well have picked up more birds, but there are always such factors. We were very then the most eventful, memorable Boxing day I can ever remember....Robert and Anne Jarvis report.

Sri Lanka: March 27 - April 4, 2004

  • This report describes how it is possible to see all Sri Lankan endemics (as broadly defined by Baur's)  in eight days of birding. The sole endemic we did not attempt to see was the newly-described Serendip Scops-owl, which is seriously endangered and probably is better not disturbed...Gary and Marlene Babic report.

Sri Lanka - an update  21st Feb - 6th March 2004

  • This brief report does not include full details of my trip but aims to give an update on birding Sri Lanka. Prior to our trip we read many reports on the web and in practice found some of the information to be out of date and misleading...Shaun Robson reports

Sri Lanka 13 – 27 February 2004

  • A trip to Goa in 1999 had whetted our appetitive for Asian birding, but that visit had only been for a week, so we had missed many species. We decided on Sri Lanka for our 2004 visit since it gave us the opportunity to see 26 or more endemic species, as well as to catch up on many birds missed in our short Indian visit...Jim Frost reports

Sri Lanka 8th – 22nd December 2003

  • Sri Lanka is a pleasant and friendly country to travel in, a little like India but without the huge population, the beggars, the cows and the hassle. The scenery is interesting and the various parks and reserves are managed efficiently...Wendy Newnham reports.

Sri Lanka November-December 2003

  • Sri Lanka is a tropical island situated close to the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. Not only does Sri Lanka have a diverse avifauna but, after two millennia of Buddhist-inspired regard for wildlife, many birds are tame and approachable, whilst even large mammals, including Asiatic Elephants, survive in numbers in spite of a burgeoning human population...Jan Vermeulen reports

White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Photographed in Sri-Lanka by Jurgen Lierman, Belgium

Off season Sri Lanka September 2003

  • This was a great birding destination for a two week break. It was cheap, very easy logistically (thanks to Baur tours), with very friendly people, a descent list of endemics all within a reachable distance and great beaches to relax on afterwards...Stuart White reports.

Sri Lanka 8 – 23 February 2003

  • In 8-10 days you can usually see all the endemics as well as other interesting birds. Best time to go is december-march, then you have the least rain. I saw all endemics in 7 days of birding without a tape. I guess I was very lucky...Eduard Sangster reports

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Birds of Sri Lanka (Helm Field Guides) [Paperback]
Deepal Warakagoda et al: Buy from or

  • With a rich avifauna of more than 350 species that includes 29 endemics, the island of Sri Lanka is one of southern Asia's most popular birding destination. This new field guide provides full coverage of every species on the Sri Lanka list, including most vagrants, with particular emphasis placed on endemic species and races. Detailed text highlights key identification criteria, along with accurate colour maps.

Birds of the Indian subcontinent
Carol Inskipp, Richard Grimmett, Tim Inskipp: Buy from or

  • This highly recommended field guide covers all the bird species found in India, Pakistian, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. The plates face the descriptions and maps for quick at-a-glance reference. Many of the plates have been repainted for this edition and a number of new species added. This guide also provides tables, summarising identification features of particularly difficult groups such as nightjars, warblers and rosefinches.

Sri Lankan Wildlife (Wildlife Guides) (Paperback)
by Wijeyeratne De Silva: Buy from or

  • Often described as a "Biodiversity Jewel", this is the best travel book on the market for a quick overview of some of the gems of Sri Lankan Wildlife and where to see it.

A Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka
John Harrison: Buy from or

  • This field guide describes and depicts all of Sri Lanka's 426 official avian species. The text, highlights the important identification features, such as plumage variations, size, calls and songs, range, distribution, and status, for every species. The plates illustrate the various plumage variations for each bird, and show the birds perched and also in flight. An introduction to the guide describes briefly some of the best sites for watching Sri Lanka's abundant avifauna.

Where to watch birds in Asia
Wheatley, Nigel: Buy from or

  • This guide to birdwatching in Asia deals with over 250 sites in detail, and more in passing, from Turkey to Thailand and India to Indonesia. It is designed as much for pre-planning birding trips as for use in the country or countries on the itinerary. The countries are dealt with alphabetically and after a general introduction, there are site details, which include a list of birds to be seen, organized under the headings "Endemics", "Specialities" and "Others"; a list of "Other Wildlife" is also included where there is something of particular interest.

A Field Guide to Birds of the Indian Subcontinent
Krys Kazmierczak: Buy from or

  • This up-to-date pocket-sized guide is essential for anyone interested in the birds of Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka. The book includes information on field identification, habitat, range, and status of the 1,300 species of birds found these countries, as well as illustrations and distribution maps for each.

A Photographic Guide to Birds of India and Nepal
Bikram Grewal: Buy from

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Lonely Planet: Sri Lanka
Verity Campbell: Buy from or

  • For the visiting wildlife enthusiast there are details of all of countries National Parks, with hints about the animals and birds to expected and a full colour photographic wildlife section. This guide to Sri Lanka also provides practical information on most aspects of travel, including health and safety advice, information on local cuisine, advice on customs and etiquette, historical and cultural information, and maps.

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