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 34 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 distinctive Serendib Scops-Owl (first described for science in 2004), 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!

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Client comment
"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

Combo Tours
If you would like a longer birding holiday, some departures of this tour may be combined with:
SOUTHERN INDIA: Western Ghats Endemics