Birding in Sri Lanka, you can make your pennies count for the birds you count. Just a day’s drive is enough to take you through some of the world’s most spectacular bird habitats. 

IMG_8051With the expert field guidance of Baurs beside you every step, you would be ticking off a list of over 250 birds, 33 of them you would not see anywhere else on earth! (Birds of South Asia. The Ripley Guide. Vols. 1 and 2 by Rasmussen, P.C and J.C Anderton) and 21 are races distinct to the Island.

Keep your fingers crossed! The new discovery, the Serendib Scops owl could be staring at you or down your telephoto! A Check List & Bird Locations of birds seen in Baurs Tours is available on our web Site.

You have a passion for bird spotting? With a little bit of luck, it won’t be difficult here. Most terrains you walk through are easy paced, and well accommodated, after a long day’s birding, is near at hand.

In addition to the endemics, there are a few species that have always been highlights of any visit. Some of which are Plum-headed Parakeet, Grey-bellied Cuckoo, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Sirkeer Malkoha, Indian Little Nightjar, Jerdon’s Nightjar, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Trogon, White-naped Flameback, Kashmir Flycatcher, Pied Ground-thrush, Indian Pitta, Common Hawk-cuckoo, Indian Blue Robin to name a few.

Waterbirds like the Yellow Bittern, Chestnut Bittern, Black Bittern, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Slaty-legged Crake, Watercock, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Eurasian Stone-curlew and Great Thick-knee, sought-after by visiting bird-watchers are not difficult to see; and it is easy to find shore birds, gulls and terns such as the Kentish Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Small Pratincole, Brown-headed Gull, Caspian Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Great Crested Tern. Also possible amongst other residentspecies are Rufous-bellied Eagle, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Indian Scops-owl, Brown Fish-owl, Brown Wood-owl, Jungle Owlet, Brown Hawk-owl, Indian Little Nightjar, Brown-throated Needletail, Ashy-crowned Finch-lark, Black-backed Dwarf Kingfisher, White-rumped Shama etc…

Our itineraries can be trimmed to see the greatest number of birds. Tours can also be done in reverse direction, and other destinations, such as Anuradhapura, can be included. It is also possible to visit the island outside the winter season, mainly for the endemics and the resident birds.

On our bird-watching tours there is always the opportunity to watch other forest denizens as well, such as sambhur, spotted deer, elephants, bears and leopards. Some visitors may have a penchant for butterflies or the wild flowers or it could be a cultural curiosity. Feel free to enquire from our guides. They could be as helpful as they are with the birds.