Loved Clayton, his bird skills and all-over knowledge of everything.
The small, friendly island nation of Sri Lanka provides one of the most enjoyable and rewarding birding tours imaginable. With plenty of endemics, most of which are extremely easy to locate, comfortable lodges and an abundance of wildlife, it makes perfect sense that birding in Sri Lanka has become an extremely popular attraction.
Our Sri Lanka – Endemic Birds & Big Game tour targets all 34 endemics and other wildlife highlights of the island. We commence at lowland rainforest sites, looking for specials that include Sri Lanka Spurfowl and the vibrant Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. Next we ascend the terraced highlands of central Sri Lanka in search of more Sri Lanka birding wonders. Overwintering specials here include Indian Pitta, Pied Thrush and the lovely Kashmir Flycatcher, while the rare Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush is one of many hill endemics. Situated in the dry zone, Yala National Park and the saltpans of Bundala provide excellent Sri Lanka birding, however this is also where we concentrate on Sri Lanka’s big game, including Leopard, Asian Elephant, Water Buffalo and Sloth Bear. The verdant Sinharaja Forest provides our final opportunity to mop-up the remaining Sri Lanka endemics, highlights being Red-faced Malkoha, Layard’s Parakeet, Green-billed Coucal, Sri Lanka Frogmouth and the recently described Serendib Scops Owl. Our tours offer the perfect combination of a Sri Lanka birding tour and Sri Lanka wildlife tour.