Bird Watching at Yala National Park Sri Lanka
Great Thick-nee - Photo Courtesy Thimindu
Yala National Park in Southern Province in Sri Lanka is renowned for having highest concentration of Leopard population in the world. Its also renowned for its birds watching.
Yala is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas in Sri Lanka and is home to 200+ bird species. Out of these 6 are endemic viz. Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Sri Lanka Wood-pigeon, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, and Brown-capped Babbler. The number of waterbirds inhabiting wetlands of Yala is 90 and half of them are migratory. Black-necked Stork and Lesser Adjutant are the rare birds that can be seen in the park. Other waterbirds attracted to the Yala lagoons include Lesser Flamingo, and Pelicans, and rare species such as Purple Heron, Night herons, Egrets, Purple Swamphen, and Oriental Darter. Thousands of waterfowls migrate to the lagoons of Yala during the northeast monsoon.
The forest birds are Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Hornbills, Old World flycatchers, Asian Paradise-flycatcher, Asian barbets, and Orioles are also seen here/
Yala National Park alongwith Kitugala and Kady are destinations for Bird watchers in Sri Lanka to arrive to.