Trip report: Sri Lanka (March-April 2014) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Andrew SpencerThis was a custom tour.

Ceylon, The Teardrop of India, Serendib, Sri Lanka. Whatever you call it, this large island off the southern tip of India is among the premier birding destinations in Asia. A rich selection of 33 endemics (and many more endemic subspecies) combines with abundant and easily seen birdlife, excellent food, good infrastructure, and a vibrant society makes for an all round wonderful experience not soon to be forgotten.

This tour was a custom tour similar to our set departure trips to Sri Lanka, designed to target all of the island’s 33 endemics, as we as sample the best birding sites the island has on tap. We had a very successful trip, with all 33 endemics seen well by everyone. The timing, right at the end of the dry season and the beginning of migration, meant that we missed some migrant species typically seen earlier in the year, but it also meant that birdsong was abundant and many birds were nesting. A healthy dose of mammals (including luminaries such as Leopard and Asian Elephant), as well as many colorful and cooperative lizards and frogs added some spice to an already action-packed trip.

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