Why you should try Bird watching in Sri Lanka?

For the nature lovers, Bird watching in Sri Lanka is a must. There are many places in Sri Lanka where you can go for bird watching. There are many places in Sri Lanka where you can go for bird watching. Kumana is one such great place. It is situated in east Coast, Bundala, Kalamatiya are is in the southern coast. Sinharaja Rain Forest, Udawatta Kele, Horton Plains, Bellanwila, Muthurajawela, Minneriya, Kitulgala, Minipe, Yala and Udawalawe National Parks are other important Bird watching locations in Sri Lanka. In additions you can see Birds throughout the country in pockets of forests, lakes, lagoons and river side’s during your travel. Make reservations for Relax packages & Refresh packages from Hotel Tree of Life, the finest hotels in Kandy and make beautiful memories with discovering the birds in Sri Lanka.

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Birds Sanctuaries in Sri Lanka

Sinharaja Rain Forest

One of the most important natural habitats in Sri Lanka, the Sinharaja rainforest is one of the best place for bird watching in Sri lanka that offers a huge diversity of species both flora and fauna with a large proportion of those being indigenous to the country and some more specifically endemic to Sinharaja itself. However, a permit is required to enter the reserve. A forest guide will be provided by the Forest Department. The ticket office at Kudawa can be reached by a car but a four-wheel-drive vehicle with a high ground clearance is needed to reach the forest entrance from which point bird watching has to be done on foot. The paths are well defined but one has to be mindful of the leeches, especially during the rainy season.

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Horton Plains National Park

Within the Nuwara Eliya district and the only National Park located in the Hill Country and it's another best place for bird watching in Sri Lanka which boats some superb panoramic scenery, with the famous World’s End which is another major attraction. Endemic loris and purple monkey are among the important animal species, as well as sambur and endemic avifauna.

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Udawatta Kele Bird Sanctuary

About lkm (0.6 miles) east of Trinity College, off Wewelpitiya Road, this is one of Sri Lanka’s more accessible bird sanctuaries for bird watching. It is a stretch of wilderness only a stone’s throw from the city center with towering forest giants and creepers giving shelter to bird species including Layard’s parakeet, Sri Lanka hanging parrot, yellow-fronted barbet, black capped bulbul, emerald dove, three species of kingfisher, chestnut-headed bee eater and Tickells’s blue fly catcher.

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Knuckles Wilderness Bird Sanctuary

Knuckles Wilderness is another bird watching site that has a large variety of beautiful birds in Sri Lanka. Lying 25km east of the city of Kandy, the Knuckles mountain range exists as a unique ecosystem separate from the rest of the central hills. Covering a distance of about 12 miles Knuckles extends roughly from the northwest to the southwest of Sri Lanka. Over 120 bird species recorded here include many endemic ones including the yellow-fronted barbet, dusky-blue flycatcher, Ceylon lorikeet, Ceylon grackle, yellow-eared bulbul and Layard’s parakeet.

Birds In Sri Lanka

Commonly Found Birds in Hotel Tree of Life Kandy.

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Native Birds

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

 (Leptocoma zeylonica) - also known as Small Sunbirds, in reference to their size - are nectar-eating  sunbirds that are endemic to the Indian Subcontinent.

These hummingbird-sized birds are commonly observed feeding on bright-colored flowers, dew-bathing, or bathing by sliding in drops of rain collected on large leaves. When breeding, the female is often seen collecting cobwebs, while the male flies besides her.

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Native Birds

Sri Lankan Junglefowl

The Sri Lankan junglefowl, also known as the Ceylon junglefowl, is a member of the Galliformes bird order which is endemic to Sri Lanka, where it is the national bird. It is closely related to the red junglefowl, the wild junglefowl from which the chicken was domesticated.

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Native Birds

Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot

The Sri Lanka hanging parrot is a small, mainly green hanging parrot, only 13 cm long with a short tail. The adult has a red crown and rump. The nape and back have on orange tint. The chin and throat are pale blue. The beak is red and the irises are white.

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Native Birds

Crimson-backed Flameback

The crimson-backed woodpecker is a species of bird in the family Picidae. It is found on Sri Lanka. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of the greater flameback.

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Native Birds

Sri Lankan Yellow - fronted Barbet

The yellow-fronted barbet is an Asian barbet which is an endemic resident breeder in Sri Lanka. Barbets and toucans are a group of near passerine birds with a worldwide tropical distribution. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills. Yellow-fronted barbet is an arboreal species of forests and other woodland, including large gardens, which eats mainly small fruit and only rarely insects. It nests in a tree hole, laying 2-3 eggs.

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Native Birds

Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill

The Sri Lanka grey hornbill is a bird in the hornbill family and a widespread and common endemic resident breeder in Sri Lanka. Hornbills are a family of tropical near-passerine birds found in the Old World. The Sri Lanka grey hornbill is a gregarious bird found in forest habitats. It feeds mostly on figs, although occasionally it eats small rodents, reptiles and insects. The female lays up to four white eggs in a tree hole blocked off during incubation with a cement made of mud, droppings and fruit pulp.

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Native Birds

Brown Wood Owl

The brown wood owl is an owl which is a resident breeder in south Asia from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka east to western Indonesia and south China. This species is a part of the family of owls known as typical owls (Strigidae), which contains most species of owl. It belongs to the earless owl genus Strix.

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endemic Birds

Sri Lanka Green Pigeon

The Sri Lanka green pigeon is a pigeon in the genus Treron. In Sri Lanka, this bird and several others green pigeon are known as bata goya in the Sinhala language. It is found in the forests of Sri Lanka. Many authorities split the species from the pompadour green pigeon complex.

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endemic Birds

Sri Lanka Woodshrike

The Sri Lanka woodshrike is a species of bird in the woodshrike family Tephrodornithidae. It is found on Sri Lanka. It is sometimes considered a subspecies of the common woodshrike.

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