Birds in South Sri Lanka

Birds in South Sri Lanka

Not only is Sri Lanka valued as a tropical beach destination, it has garnered a reputation for its rainforests and eco-tourism holidays. The most extensive expanse of rainforest lies towards the south-west of the island and is home to many endemic species of fauna and flora. For bird watching enthusiasts, the birds in South Sri Lanka, viewed at Sinharaja forest reserve offer some rare species for shutterbugs to snap. There is something pleasant about being able to watch birds visiting a private pool and Sinharaja Forest offers many such delightful moments to indulge in while on holiday. For travellers looking to experience Sinharaja, read on for our guide on what to know before you head out.

Why visit Sinharaja?

Boasting more than 8000 hectares of forest land, this diverse habitat was declared a forest reserve in 1875.  UNESCO thereafter recognized the forest reserve in 1978 as a Biosphere Reserve and eventually in 1988 it was listed as a World Heritage site. These facts alone should be enough to entice watchers to explore birds in South Sri Lanka, if not encourage explores to appreciate this biodiversity hotspot.

Did We Mention the Amazing Endemic Species?

Watch birds visit private pools is perhaps one of the most popular activities by explorers to Sinharaja. With more than 90 percent of the endemic bird life in the country stemming from this reserve, bird watching experiences are known offer rare sightings. Species such as the Red Faced Malkoha, the Blue Magpie, Grey Hornbill and the White Headed Starling are some of the stars of this reserve. In addition, to the bird life about 60 percent of endemic mammal species and butterflies are also found in the Sinharaja forest reserve.

Watch out for Sambur Deer

Another star attraction among the species of mammals is the Sambhur, a common deer species as well as the Mouse-deer. To be able to  photograph a leopard is considered to be lucky in Sinharaja as the species is seldom seen  but its presence is always confirmed through tracks left behind. The most commonly primate in Sinharaja is the purple-faced leaf monkey another popular attraction at the reserve.