Sri Lanka (.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
- 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 a report in .pdf format (750kB) by Andrew and Trish Forsyth
- 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 a report in .pdf format (900kB) by John and Thomas Yates
Sri Lanka Endemic birds
- 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
- 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) a large report in .pdf format (5 Mb) by Justin Jansen
Sri Lanka, via Dubai a report in .pdf format (950kB) by John Yates
Sri Lanka a VERY big report in .pdf format (26Mb) by Chris Holtby & Dave Thrussell
Sri Lanka a report in .pdf format (1.2 Mb) by Derek and Gillian Marsh
Sri Lanka - a report in .pdf format (3 Mb) by Brian and Isabel Eady
- 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.) a report in .pdf format (1.3Mb) by Stephen Lowe on behalf of Birdwing Nature Holidays.
Serendib Scops Owl
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 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
- ..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.
- 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
Holt reports for Sunbird
Sri Lanka: off-peak and independent
- 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]
- 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.
- 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
Sri Lanka - A Birding, Wildlife, History, and Culture Tour
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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 satisfied....an then the most eventful, memorable
Boxing day I can ever remember....Robert and Anne Jarvis
- 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
- 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
- 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 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
- 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
Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
Photographed in Sri-Lanka
by Jurgen Lierman, Belgium
Off season Sri Lanka
- 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
- 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
More reports from Sri Lanka
(all Pre 2003)