Sri Lanka


GuideLocal Guide
DatesAny Time
Birding Days9
Ground Price£1300
Flight ex UK£500
Local Guide chosen from our selection of excellent guides. We take care to choose locally-based guides who know the birds of their locality. They ensure you get a bird-filled tour, with the additional benefit of first-hand knowledge of the culture of the country.
After arrival we head to Kitulgala. Here we can begin looking for Serendib Scops Owl, Black and Rufous-bellied Eagles, Ceylon Spurfowl, Ceylon Junglefowl, Ceylon Green-pigeon, Ceylon Hanging-parrot, Layard's Parakeet, Green-billed Coucal, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Brown Hawk-owl, Ceylon Frogmouth, Black-backed Dwarf Kingfisher, Ceylon Swallow, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, Gold-fronted Leafbird, Spot-winged Ground-thrush, Legge's Flowerpecker, Brown-capped Babbler, Ceylon Rufous Babbler, Ceylon Hill-myna and Ceylon Crested Drongo.
We next visit Nuwara Eliya where we can seek out Ceylon Woodpigeon, Forest Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher-shrike, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Pied Bush Chat, Ceylon Scaly Thrush, Sri Lanka Bush-warbler, Rusty-rumped Warbler, Large-billed Leaf-warbler, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Kashmir Flycatcher, Ceylon White-eye and Pied Bushchat. From here, we will make a morning visit to Horton Plains, to look for Pied Bush Chat, Ceylon Whistling Thrush, Grey-Headed Canary and Kashmir Flycatcher.
The wetlands at Tissa and Bundala and the scrub at Yala are good for Greater Flamingo, Watercock,Yellow-wattled and Red-wattled Lapwings, Eurasian Stone Curlew, Great Thick-Knee, Small Pratincole, Pacific Golden Plover, Kentish, Mongolian & Greater Sand Plovers and other waders, Brown-Headed Gull, Caspian, Great-Crested, Lesser-Crested, Gull-Billed, Whiskered, White-Winged, Saunders’s & Little Terns, Bengal Bushlark and Oriental Skylark. Leopard is also commonly seen.
We finally visit Udawalawa and Sinharaja, where we hope to finish the endemics and see good numbers of Asian Elephants. Species here include Crested Goshawk, Besra Sparrowhawk, Rufous-Bellied, Crested Serpent and Black Eagles, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Ceylon Spurfowl, Ceylon Junglefowl, Red-Faced Malkoha, Green-Billed Coucal, Chestnut-Winged Cuckoo, Serendib Scops-Owl, Chestnut-Backed Owlet, Ceylon Frogmouth, Malabar Trogon, Himalayan Black Bulbul, Spot-Winged Ground Thrush, Ceylon Scaly Thrush, Ceylon Rufous Babbler, Ashy-Headed Laughing Thrush, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Ceylon Blue Magpie, White-Faced Starling and Ceylon Hill-Myna.
There is the option of an extra day to look for Blue Whales (and other species) with a pelagic off Mirissa on the south coast.