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Bird watching in one way to connect with nature in Sri Lanka!


If you or your children are avid bird enthusiasts, Sri Lanka offers umpteen number of opportunities to treat your eyes to a feast of colourful birds everywhere.


One of the books you need to carry along is the “Pocket Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent” by Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp. There is of course the “Birds of Sri Lanka” by the same three authors and Deepam Warakagoda.


The variety of terrain, from hills to the valleys, from thick forest to plains, from coastal regions to the inland waterways coupled with the relatively small size of the island offers any visitor a wonderful opportunity to spot a variety of species within a small timeframe.


Remember, birdwatching is a good sport that can teach your children that patience and hard work can be rewarding!




The best places to go for birdwatching are:

Anawilundawa Bird Sanctuary

Bodhinagala Forest Reserve

Horton Plain National Park

Kalmateiya Bird Sanctuary

Kandalama Sanctuary

Kithugala Forest Reserve

Knuckles Forest Reserve

Kumana National Park

Muthurajawela Wetlands

Udawattekele Bird Sanctuary



Here is a list of birds you are likely to spot and the ones that are hard to spot

Birds Common to Sri Lanka:

Black-headed ibis

Black-throated Munia

Black-winged stilt

Blue-faced Malkoha

Crested Serpent eagle

Crimson-fronted Barbet

Dark-fronted Babbler


Grey-headed fish eagle

Hill Swallow

Indian darter

Indian Scimitar-Babbler

Indian Swiftlet

Jerdon’s Nightjar

Jungle Bush-Quail


Long-billed Sunbird

Malabar Pied-Hornbill

Malabar Trogon

Painted Francolin

Painted stork


Red-wattled lapwing

Sri Lanka Frogmouth


White-browed Bulbul

Wild duck

Yellow-billed Babbler

Yellow-browed Bulbul



Rare birds native to Sri Lanka, of which some are considered endangered:

Ashy-headed laughing thrush

Black-crested Bulbul

Black-throated Munia

Brown Capped Babbler

Chestnut Backed Owlet

Layard’s Parakeet

Red Faced Malkoha

Sri Lanka Blue Magpie

Sri Lanka Bush Warbler

Sri Lanka Crimson Barbet

Sri Lanka Dull Blue flycatcher

Sri Lanka Green Billed Coucal

Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill

Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot

Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl

Sri Lanka Mynah

Sri Lanka Orange-billed babbler

Sri Lanka Spot-winged Thrush

Sri Lanka Spurfowl

Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush

Sri Lanka White-eye

Sri Lanka White-faced Starling

Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon

Sri Lanka Yellow Fronted Barbet

White-throated Flowerpecker





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