Ella Maria and Leif Bisschop-Larsen's Trip Report

Trip Report Title: 
BIRDING AND WILDLIFE TOUR JAN 30 – FEB 13, 2013 Ella Maria and Leif Bisschop-Larsen
Tour Strat: 
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Tour End: 
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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Leif, Ella Maria and Senerath

Leif, Ella Maria and Senerath

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Introduction

This report summarize our 15 days trip to Sri Lanka with notes on sites visited and a list of the species of birds and mammals seen.

As our first visit to South East Asia we chose Sri Lanka because of the country’s rich nature with a great biodiversity within a rather small geographic area.

The tour was planned after contact to some of Sri Lanka’s tour operators specializing in birding and wildlife tours. We chose WalkWithJith and agreed on a program staying only in 4 different lodges/hotels in order to make the tour easy without too much driving. The driver Senarath Bulathsinhala not only took us safely from place to place (from day 5), but he was also a very knowledgeable and helpful birding and wildlife guide. In some of the national parks local guides accompanied us, and they were helpful too. During the first days in Sinharaja Forest Reserve Sandun was our guide and he introduced us to many new species as well as cultural matters.

The tour introduced us to some of the main habitats of Sri Lanka: The rain forest in the south-west lowland wet zone (Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Hiyare Forest), the central highlands with montane grassland and cloud forest (Horton Plains National Park), highland tea country (e.g. Ella), freshwater wetlands (Tissamaharama tanks and paddy-fields, Yala National Park), coastal lagoons/saltpans (Bundala National Park, Yala National Park) and finally the ocean to the south with marine mammals.

Senerath, Ella Maria and Ian Leif Bisschop-Larse

Itenerary

Jan. 30: We arrived very early in the morning at Colombo Airport (from Copenhagen via Doha, Qatar), met with our guide and drove directly to Sinharaja (5 hours). Arriving here, we changed to a jeep and climbed up a very steep and rough track to Martin’s Lodge at the border of the forest reserve. This rather basic accommodation is the ideal location for studying the fauna and flora of the rain forest. Endemic bird species are plenty around the lodge. Among them Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Spot-winged Thrush, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Layard’s Parakeet and Sri Lanka Hill Myna.

View from Martin’s Lodge
View from Martin’s Lodge

Jan. 31 – Feb. 3: Inside the park in the dense forest we furthermore enjoyed Red-faced Malkoha, Malabar Trogon, Scarlet Minivet, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Asian Paradise-flycatcher (white morph), and Ashy-headed Laughingthrush among others. Serendib Scops Owl was heard ones near the gate. But we didn’t find Sri Lanka Frogmouth. Toque Macaque and Purple-faced Leaf Monkeys were seen regularly, as were the many squirrels – Layard’s, Palm, Dusky Stribed and Giant Squirrel. It was also a pleasure to walk through hills with small tea plantations to an isolated village with a broad variety of fruits and different crops.

Feb. 3 – 4: We met with Senarath and drove to Haputhale, on the way we passed the Ratnapura area with many small gem mines and visited the gem museum in Ratnapura. A few new species were added to the list, like White-browed Fantail and Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher.

The 4th of February we went to Horton Plains National Park early in the morning – good to come early because it was the national holiday and it became very crowded later on. We enjoyed the walk through the open highland to Worlds End (View over an 800 m deep valley). New species only seen here were Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Hill Swallow, Zitting Cisticola, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Green Leaf Warbler, Sri Lanka White-eye, Blackbird, Pied Bushchat, Dull-blue Flycatcher, and Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher. We also had very good views of Sambar and the montane subspecies of Purple-faced Leaf Monkey called Bear Monkey.

Horton Plains
Horton Plains

Feb. 5: Before leaving the hills we visited Ella and the tea plantations in that area. We looked for Streak-throated Woodpecker without luck but saw Small Minivet here. Surprisingly we found both Layards Parakeet and Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot among others.

Feb. 5 – 8:  We stayed at Hibiscus Garden Hotel in Tissamaharama, a nice bungalow hotel in old paddy fields and with quite many birds around. In the near surroundings we saw many new species like Blue-faced Malkoha, Grey-bellied Cuckoo, Asian Drongo Cuckoo, Lesser and Crimson-backed Goldenback, Black-headed Cuckoo-Shrike, White-browed Bulbul, Golden-fronted Leafbird, and Black-headed Munia.

The wetlands, Tissamaharama Tanks, were very rich in birds. The great trees on the shores of the lakes held colonies of Common Flying Fox, Rose-ringed Parakeet nested in holes and Crested Treeswifts were seen on their small nests glued to bare branches. In the densely vegetated tanks we saw no less than 15 species of storks, ibises, bitterns, herons and egrets. Ducks and geese are few, but it was very interesting to see the Cotton Pygmy-goose. Other species only observed here were Little Grebe and Yellow Bittern.

Tissamaharama Tanks
T issamaharama Tanks

Feb. 6 -7: Two days jeep safaris were spend in Yala National Park. This area consists of both open and dense forest, tanks and coastal lagunes. Many tourists visit the park to see elephant and leopard, and sometimes it seem a little crowded when a leopard is found and all vehicles drive to the same spot. But there is also so much to see that you soon forget the other people.

The Elephant Rock, Yala
The Elephant Rock, Yala

We saw 3 different Leopards – all were lying on big branches in trees. Around 10 Elephants, many Spotted Deer, few Sambar, many Wild Pigs, Ruddy Mongoose and Water Buffalo were all observed at close range. Also Toque Macaque and Hanuman Langur were seen. Land Monitor was common along the tracks and some crocodiles in the lakes.

Leopard in Yala Nat.Park
Leopard in Yala Nat.Park

The wetlands were also here filled with storks, ibises and herons. A new species was the rare Black-necked Stork, 1 seen in a big lagoon. 20 species of wintering waders were found feeding here, many of them quite familiar to Scandinavian bird watchers. The raptors were well represented with White-bellied Sea Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Brahminy Kite, and Changeable Hawk-Eagle. In the forest we had many new species like Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Jacobin Cuckoo, Jungle Owlet, Indian Roller, Common Hoopoe, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Coppersmith Barbet, Indian Pitta, Brahminy and Rosy Starling, and White-rumped Shama. White-throated Kingfisher was common and we also saw the less common Stork-billed, Common and Pied Kingfisher.

Wild Pig
Wild Pig

Spotted Dear
Spotted Deer

Feb. 8: Bundala National Park is coastal lagoons, saltpans and scrubland. Here we watched very big mixed flocks of egrets, spoonbills, storks and pelicans fishing in the saltpans. New were Glossy Ibis, Cinnamon Bittern, Western Reef Egret, Eurasian Stone Curlew, Common and Little Ringed Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Marsh Sandpiber, Oriental and Little Pratincole, Brown-headed Gull, Lesser and Greater Crested Tern, and Common Tern. In the scrubs Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Ashy Woodswallow, and Clamorous Reed Warbler were new to us.

Mixed feeding flock in Bundala National Park
Mixed feeding flock in Bundala National Park

Oriental Scops Owl
Oriental Scops Owl

Feb. 9 – 13: On the way to Unawatuna Beach for the more relaxing last days of the tour we stopped in a village where Senarath showed us Oriental Scops Owl in a tree by the road.

We stayed in Sri Gemunu Beach Resort, which is a highly recommendable hotel with a quiet beach behind coral reefs. This is not a hot spot for bird watchers but anyway we saw many of the more common birds. We actually also had 2 new species: Sooty Tern and Brown Noddy (the last one at Galle Fort).

Feb. 11: In Mirissa we joined a whale safari for a half day (Mirissa Watersports). We were successful in finding and observing several Blue Whale a good distance from the coast. These huge animals were quite breathtaking to watch at a close distance. They kept us company for a long time. We also met flocks of Spinner Dolphins. There were no sea-birds in view.

Blue Whale diving, notice fish attached to the tail
Blue Whale diving, notice fish attached to the tail

The same day we visited the Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery in Habaraduwa. Here, sea turtle eggs are hatched and the young turtles are raised and put back to the sea. Also, injured sea turtles are helped here. It was interesting to see several species of these threatened species.

Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery in Habaraduwa

Feb. 12: We took a short trip to Hiyare Forest about 10 km from Galle. This area reminds a little of Sinharaja, only it is degraded, secondary forest. Here, we heard Sri Lanka Spurfowl and Chestnut-backed Owlet, saw Alexandrine Parakeet, Sri Lanka Swallow, Crimson-fronted Barbet, and Black-naped Monarch. A fine area to visit on a short trip.

Of course we also visited Galle Dutch Fort and learned more about the history and culture of southern Sri Lanka.

Feb. 13: On the way back to Colombo Airport we got a good impression of the normal cultivated landscape and of the densely populated area around Colombo. Considering the driving culture here, we are glad that we shouldn’t drive ourselfes, and we really appreciate all the help from our driver and guide Senarath.

Practical information

  • The travel Copenhagen – Colombo via Doha with Qatar Airways is a good route and the travel time is not extreme.
  • Our tour in Sri Lanka was arranged by Prasanjith Caldera, WalkWithJith, one of several tour operators specialized in arranging birding and wildlife tours for small groups or couples like us. It is our impression that these guides in general are highly qualified and offers good value for money.
  • The climate in Sri Lanka is perfect for a bird and wildlife tour (at least this time of the year). We didn’t have trouble due to rain – and we only experienced few mosquitoes. The only animals to worry about are the leaches in the wet forest. Leach socks are recommended!
  • Handbooks are essential but heavy to carry. We were actually quite happy, only with two books: Warakagoda et al.: Birds of Sri Lanka, Helm Field Guides 2012 and de Silva Wijeyeratne: A Photographic Guide to Mammals of Sri Lanka, New Holland Publishers 2008. Be aware that English species names vary and are used different in the different books and checklists.
  • Sri Lanka offers really many photo opportunities. The animals and birds are not shy as we know from Europe (there is no hunting in Sri Lanka!), sometimes it is a problem that you get too close for your big lens. I used a Nikon 200-400mm/f4 which is flexible to use on such a tour. I brought a tripod, but didn’t actually use it due to the conditions of driving on rough roads or walking between trees and bushes. The VR function was appreciated.
  • More photos from our tour can be seen here: www.natur-foto.dk click “Rejser”.

We will be happy to receive questions or remarks by mail: bisschop@natur-foto.dk.

Malabar Pied Hornbill
Malabar Pied Hornbill

Birds and mammals observed

The main locations of our tour

The main locations of our tour

  1. Sinharaja Man and Biosphere Reserve
  2. Horton Plains National Park
  3. Highland around Haputhale and Ella
  4. Tissamaharama and nearby wetlands
  5. Yala National Park
  6. Bundala National Park
  7. Unawatuna Beach and Galle
  8. Hiyara Forest

BIRDS

Species Scientific name Danish name
Sites visited
(endemic species bold)    
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ceylon Spurfowl Galloperdix bicalcarata Sri Lanka-sporehøne
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
Ceylon Junglefowl Gallus lafayettii Sri Lanka-junglehøne
X
X
 
 
X
 
 
 
Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus Påfugl
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Lesser Whistling Duck Dendrocygna javanica Træand
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Cotton Teal/Indian Pygmy-goose Nettapus coromandelianus Indisk Dværgand
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Northern Pintail Anas acuta Spidsand
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
Garganey Anas querquedula Atlingand
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis Lille Lappedykker
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala Indisk Skovstork
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans Asiatisk Gabenæb
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus Sorthalset Stork
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus Indisk Ibis
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus Sort Ibis
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia Skestork
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis Okkergul Dværghejre
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus Rød Dværghejre
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Black Bittern Dupetor flavicollis Sort Dværghejre
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax Nathejre
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
Striated Heron Butorides striata Mangrovehejre
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii Rishejre
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Kohejre
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea Fiskehejre
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea Purpurhejre
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Great Egret Ardea alba Sølvhejre
 
 
 
X
X
X
X
 
Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia Mellemhejre
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Little Egret Egretta garzetta Silkehejre
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis Revhejre
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis Grå Pelikan
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger Javaskarv
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
X
Indian Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscicollis Indisk Skarv
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Darter Anhinga melanogaster Indisk Slangehalsfugl
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus Tårnfalk
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Oriental Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus Østlig Hvepsevåge
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus Brahminglente
X
 
 
X
X
X
X
 
White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster Hvidbrystet Havørn
 
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
Grey-headed Fish Eagle Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus Flodørn
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela Borneoslangeørn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shikra Accipiter badius Shikra
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Indian Black Eagle Ictinaetus malayensis Indisk Sortørn
X
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
Changeable Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus cirrhatus Lysbuget Høgeørn
X
 
 
 
X
X
 
X
Mountain Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus nipalensis Bjerghøgeørn
X
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus Hvidbrystet Rørhøne
X
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio Sultanhøne
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus Grønbenet Rørhøne
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Barred Buttonquail Turnix suscitator Kampløbehøne
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Eurasian Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus Triel
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Great Stone Curlew Esacus recurvirostris Stor Triel
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus Australsk Stylteløber
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malabaricus Indisk Lapvibe
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus Indisk Vibe
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva Sibirisk Hjejle
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula Stor Præstekrave
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius Lille Præstekrave
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus Hvidbrystet Præstekrave
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus Mongolsk Præstekrave
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus Fasanbladhøne
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
Pintail Snipe Gallinago stenura Sibirisk Bekkasin
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa Stor Kobbersneppe
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus Rødben
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis Damklire
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia Hvidklire
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola Tinksmed
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos Mudderklire
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres Stenvender
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Little Stint Calidris minuta Dværgryle
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii Temmincksryle
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea Krumnæbbet Ryle
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum Orientbraksvale
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Little Pratincole Glareola lactea Lille Braksvale
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Brown-headed Gull Larus brunnicephalus Brunhovedet Måge
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica Sandterne
 
 
 
X
X
X
X
 
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia Rovterne
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis Bengalterne
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Greater Crested Tern Sterna bergii Bergiusterne
 
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo Fjordterne
 
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
Little Tern Sterna albifrons Dværgterne
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Sooty Tern Sterna fuscata Sodfarvet Terne
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida Hvidskægget Terne
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Brown Noddy Anous stolidus Brun Noddy
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
Rock Dove Columba livia Klippedue
X
 
X
 
X
 
X
 
Sri Lanka Woodpigeon Columba torringtoniae Sri Lanka-due
X
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spotted-necked Dove Streptopelia chinensis Perlehalsdue
X
 
X
X
X
X
X
X
Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica Grønvingedue
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orange-breasted Green Pigeon Treron bicinctus Orangebrystet Papegøjedue
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Pompadour Green Pigeon Treron pompadora Indisk Papegøjedue
X
 
 
X
X
X
 
X
Green Imperial Pigeon Ducula aenea Kejserdue
X
 
 
 
X
X
X
X
Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot Loriculus beryllinus Sri Lanka-flagermuspapegøje
X
 
X
 
 
 
 
X
Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria Stor Alexanderparakit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri Alexanderparakit
 
 
 
X
X
X
X
 
Layard's Parakeet Psittacula calthorpae Blåhalet Ædelparakit
X
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
Jacobin Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus Jacobinergøg
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Grey-bellied Cuckoo Cacomantis passerinus Drosselgøg
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Asian Drongo-Cuckoo Surniculus lugubris Drongogøg
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Common Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus Koel
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Blue-faced Malkoha Rhopodytes viridirostris Brillemalkoha
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
Red-faced Malkoha Phaenicophaeus pyrrhocephalus Rødmasket Malkoha
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis Brunrygget Sporegøg
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
X
Green-billed Coucal Centropus chlororhynchos Sri Lanka-sporegøg
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Serendib Scops Owl    
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oriental Scops Owl Otus sunia Bleg Dværghornugle
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Jungle Owlet Glaucidium radiatum Junglespurveugle
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Chestnut-backed Owlet Glaucidium castanonotum Sulawesispurveugle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
Little Swift Apus affinis Lille Sejler
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
Crested Treeswift Hemiprocne coronata Gråtoppet Træsejler
X
 
 
X
X
X
 
X
Malabar Trogon Harpactes fasciatus Malabartrogon
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis Blåkronet Ellekrage
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Stork-billed Kingfisher Pelargopsis capensis Blåvinget Storkenæbsisfugl
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis Smyrnaisfugl
X
 
 
X
X
X
X
X
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Isfugl
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis Gråfisker
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis Lille Grøn Biæder
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus Blåhalet Biæder
X
 
 
X
X
X
 
X
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater Merops leschenaulti Rustbiæder
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Common Hoopoe Upupa epops Hærfugl
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill Ocyceros gingalensis Sri Lanka-gråtoko
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Malabar Pied Hornbill Anthracoceros coronatus Rajahnæsehornsfugl
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Brown-headed Barbet Megalaima zeylanica Brunhovedet Skægfugl
X
 
X
X
X
 
X
X
Yellow-fronted Barbet Megalaima flavifrons Gulpandet Skægfugl
X
 
X
 
 
 
 
X
Crimson-fronted Barbet Megalaima rubricapillus Rødmasket Skægfugl
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala Kobbersmed
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Dendrocopus mahrattensis  
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpecker Picus chlorolophus Gulnakket Grønspætte
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Greater Flame-backed Woodpecker Chrysocolaptes lucidus Stor Sultanspætte
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Indian Pitta Pitta brachyura Indisk Pitta
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Common Woodshrike Tephrodornis pondicerianus Asketornskade
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
Ashy Woodswallow Artamus fuscus Brun Svalestær
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Common Iora Aegithina tiphia Iora
X
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
Black-headed Cuckoo-shrike Coracina melanoptera Sorthovedet Gråfugl
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Small Minivet Pericrocotus cinnamomeus Lille Minivet
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
 
Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus Skarlagenminivet
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike Hemipus picatus Broget Dværgtriller
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus Brun Tornskade
 
X
X
X
X
 
 
 
Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus Orientalsk Hættepirol
X
 
 
X
X
 
 
X
White-bellied Drongo Dicrurus caerulescens Hvidbuget Drongo
X
 
X
X
 
 
X
x
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus Stor Pragtdrongo
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
White-browed Fantail Rhipidura aureola Hvidbrynet Viftehale
 
 
X
 
X
 
 
 
Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea Azurmonark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
Asian Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi Asiatisk Paradismonark
X
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
Sri Lanka Blue Magpie Urocissa ornata Sri Lanka-kitta
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House Crow Corvus splendens Huskrage
 
 
 
X
 
X
X
X
Large-billed Crow/Jungle Crow Corvus macrorhynchos Stornæbbet Krage
 
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
Great Tit Parus major Musvit
 
X
X
 
 
 
 
 
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Landsvale
X
X
X
 
X
X
 
 
Hill Swallow Hirundo domicola  
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sri Lanka Swallow Cecropis (daurica) hyperythra Rødrygget Svale
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X
Jerdon's Bushlark Mirafra affinis Tamilbusklærke
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula Lille Sanglærke
 
 
 
X
 
X
 
 
Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix griseus Gråisset Lærke
 
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis Cistussanger
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jungle Prinia Prinia sylvatica Jungleprinia
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Plain Prinia Prinia inornata Orientprinia
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius Indisk skrædderfugl
X
X
X
X
 
 
 
 
Black-crested Bulbul Pycnonotus melanicterus Sri Lanka-bulbul
X
 
 
X
 
 
 
x
Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer Rødgumpet Bulbul
X
X
X
X
X
X
 
 
Yellow-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus penicillatus Pragtbulbul
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
White-browed Bulbul Pycnonotus luteolus Indisk Bulbul
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
Yellow-browed Bulbul Acritillas indica Gulgrøn Bulbul
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus Sortbulbul
X
X
 
 
 
 
 
X
Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus Papyrussanger
 
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
Green Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus nitidus Kaukasisk Lundsanger
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus melanurus (Segltimalie)
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dark-fronted Babbler Rhopocichla atriceps Sorthovedet Timalie
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yellow-eyed Babbler Chrysomma sinense Ildøjetimalie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orange-billed Babbler Turdoides rufescens Sri Lanka-larmdrossel
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yellow-billed Babbler Turdoides affinis Lyshovedet Larmdrossel
X
 
 
X
X
X
X
 
Ashy-headed Laughing-thrush Garrulax cinereifrons Sri Lanka-skadedrossel
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sri Lanka White-eye Zosterops ceylonensis Sri Lanka-brillefugl
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis Fløjlspandet Spætmejse
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sri Lanka Myna Gracula ptilogenys Sri Lanka-beo
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hill Myna Gracula religiosa Beo
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis Maina
 
 
X
X
 
X
X
x
White-faced Starling Sturnus albofrontatus Hvidhovedet Stær
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brahminy Starling Sturnus pagodarum Pagodestær
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Rosy Starling Sturnus roseus Rosenstær
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Spot-winged Thrush Zoothera spiloptera Sri Lanka-drossel
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula Solsort
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis Dayal
X
 
X
X
X
 
 
x
White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus Shamadrossel
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Indian Robin Saxicoloides fulicatus Hvidvinget Sortstjert
 
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata Sort Bynkefugl
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica Brun Fluesnapper
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dull Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias sordidus Sri Lanka-irfluesnapper
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher Cyornis tickelliae Hvidflanket Niltava
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis Gråhovedet Fluesnapper
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jerdon’s Leafbird Chloropsis jerdoni (Jerdons Bladfugl)
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Golden-fronted Leafbird Chloropsis aurifrons Gulpandet bladfugl
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Legge's Flowerpecker Dicaeum vincens Sri Lanka-blomsterpikker
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pale-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum erythrorhynchos Blegnæbbet Blomsterpikker
X
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Purple-rumped Sunbird Leptocoma zeylonica Indisk Solfugl
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus Purpursolfugl
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
Loten's Sunbird Cinnyris lotenius Langnæbbet Purpursolfugl
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
House Sparrow Passer domesticus Gråspurv
 
 
X
X
X
 
 
 
Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus Bayavæver
 
 
 
X
X
 
 
 
White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata Spidshalet Bronzefinke
X
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata Muskatfinke
 
 
X
 
X
 
 
X
Black-headed Munia Lonchura malacca Trefarvet Nonne
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
 
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava Gul Vipstjert
 
 
X
 
X
 
 
 
Richard's Pipit / Blyth's Pipit Anthus richardi / godlewskii Storpiber / Mongolsk Piber
 
 
 
 
X
 
 
 
Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus Asiatisk Storpiber
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 

Species list based on http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/checklist.jsp?region=lk&list=clements.

 

MAMMALS

Pteropus giganteus  Common flying fox Common in lowland
Microchiroptera  Several species Bats were common
Semnopithecus priam Ceylon Grey Langur Common in lowland
Trachypithecus vetulus Purple-Faced Leaf Monkey Sinharaja and Horton Plains
Macaca sinica  Toque Monkey Common
Lepus nigricollis singhala Ceylon Black-Naped Hare Few in Yala
Funambulus palmarum Ceylon Palm Squirrel Common
Funambulus layardi Flame-Striped Squirrel  Sinharaja
Funambulus sublineatus  Dusky-Striped Squirrel Sinharaja
Ratufa macroura macroura Ceylon Giant Squirrel Common Sinharaja and Yala
Hystrix indica Indian Porcupine 1 captive in Hiyare
Balaenoptera musculus Great Blue Whale App. 10
Stenella longirostris Long-Beaked Dolphin 3-4 flocks
Herpestes fuscus Ceylon Brown Mongoose Few Sinharaja
Herpestes smithi  Ceylon Ruddy Mongoose Common Yala
Panthera pardus  Ceylon Leopard 3 in Yala
Elephas maximus  Asian Elephant App.10 in Yala
Sus scrofa  Wild Pig Common
Axis (axis) axis ceylonensis Ceylon Spotted Deer Common Yala
Cervus unicolor Sambhur Common Horton, few Yala
Bubalus bubalis  Indian Water Buffalo Common Yala
Author/s of the report: 
Ella Maria
Leif Bisschop-Larsen

Country:

Group size: 
2
Members of the group (clients): 
Ella Maria
Leif Bisschop-Larsen
Tour Guide: 
Senerath