Bird Watching Tours by Ceylon Tours Ltd

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With 26 definitive endemic bird species, Sri Lanka is the most populous Endemic Bird Area (EBA) in Asia. A total of 227 resident bird species can be seen all year round, while migrant birds and vagrants increase the total bird population to 482 species - a veritable treasure trove for the discerning ornithologist! This massive biodiversity is a result of the wide range of habitats that Sri Lanka has on offer - from tropical rain forests and jungles to semi-arid zones, from mountains and plains to swamps and mangroves. When combined with Sri Lanka's proud tradition of bird and animal conservation - dating back to the time when Arahat Mahinda introduced Buddhism to Sri Lanka in the 3rd Century B.C. - this results in a spectacular array of protected bird-watching locations; from the Sinharaja Rain Forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a nominee for the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World), to the Adam's Peak Wilderness Sanctuary (also famous for butterflies, from which it gets its Sinhala name Samanala Kanda - Butterfly Mountain), to Bundala National Park (renowned for migrant flamingoes) and Kumana National Park (with its 200 hectare natural swamp lake). Of course, there are also several bird watching locations outside of national parks distributed around the country. The season for migratory bird watching begins in October - even though some species opt for an "early check-in" in August - and continues till April-May, where it is possible to see large flocks departing from the coast and heading to their northern homes. The best time for bird watching is therefore November - April, and especially February-March. Avifauna in Sri Lanka face many threats, principally the loss of natural habitats. Currently, 25 species of birds in Sri Lanka are considered globally threatened, while a total of 46 species of birds are identified as nationally threatened species, including 10 critically endangered species. Sri Lanka Adventures support bird conservation efforts in Sri Lanka, and we wish to bring to your notice that tape recording/playback is not permitted in the Sinharaja Reserve.
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