The teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka, located less than 100 miles off the coast of southern India, provides a delightful introduction to Asia's birds--with the added bonus of at least 32 endemic species and a host of endemic subspecies, some of which undoubtedly deserve elevation to species status themselves. But it's not just the locals that will attract our attention; the island shares roughly two-dozen regional endemics with nearby India and serves as a winter home to some highly sought-after species from both the subcontinent and the Himalayas.
Our tour visits all of the country's main habitats, beginning with the lush rainforests of Kitulgala and Sinharaja, which are home to many of the island's endemics, including the recently discovered (2004) Serendib Scops-Owl, the tiny White-throated Flowerpecker, and the spectacular Sri Lanka Blue-Magpie. We'll also visit the scrubby grasslands of Udawalawe, where Asian Elephants reign supreme, and the teeming mudflats and saltpans of Yala and Bundala national parks, where thousands of wintering shorebirds and herons gather. Then, after a visit to the forests and tea plantations of the central highlands and the remote high plateau of Horton Plains, we'll end our stay in the dry forests around Sigiriya. Over the course of the trip, we should have an excellent chance of seeing all the endemics--and then some!
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
"I have had excellent experiences with Field Guides and have especially enjoyed tours with guide Megan Edwards Crewe. The tour was run flawlessly, the birds and cultural experiences were great, and the tour group dynamics were excellent. Field Guides is the best in the business that I've seen. " E.L., SRI LANKA
If you would like a longer birding holiday, some departures of this tour may be combined with:
SOUTHERN INDIA: Western Ghats Endemics
ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2022 sample (PDF)
- 2024 (PDF expected Jan 2024)
DEPARTURES • We have 1 departures currently scheduled through 2024, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Oct 26 - Nov 12, 2024
Guided by: Megan Edwards Crewe & local guide
Tour Manager: Caroline Lewis
Tour Limit: 10
Status: Provisionally full; waitlist available - The itinerary has not been finalized for this tour. The trip has provisionally filled but, if you are interested, we can waitlist you for the trip. As we do not require deposits until the itinerary and price are finalized, we often have folks drop off a tour when the deposit is required, and so space opens up! Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD
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Enjoy looking through the 4 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!