Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to watch birds and is truly a paradise for all Bird Watching enthusiasts. The activity becomes more common especially around the bird sanctuaries and wetland reserves in the south-east part of the island while the temperate climate is ideal for migrating birds.
Bird Watching in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is home to more than 400 bird species with around 23 endemics and 200 migratory birds arriving from India, Siberia, Scandinavia and Western Europe. The best time for Bird Watching enthusiasts to visit the island is towards the latter part of the year. In fact, the month of December has been declared as the National Bird Month by the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, the national affiliate of BirdLife International.
Habarana is an area surrounded by many lakes and is a very good habitat for birds. As such it is one of the prominent bird watching hotspots in Sri Lanka. Black-capped Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Brown-capped Babbler, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Black-naped Flycatcher, Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Black Eagle, Crested Serpent & Crested Hawk Eagle, Common Hill Mynah, Indian Pitta, White-rumped Shama are some of the bird species found within range.