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"DON VOYAGE" FOR BIRD LOVERS

Don Voyage is one of the pioneers of the Travel & Tourism Services in Sri Lanka and is also one of the foremost organizers of Bird Watching Tours. The Company has many years of experience and possesses a thorough knowledge of tour arrangements in the following specialized fields:

# Bird Watching Tours

# Wild Life

# Nature

# Camping

# Adventure

We welcome inquiries regarding any of these “special-interest” tours by individuals or groups. We can arrange combined tours, as for example: “Beach Holiday + Bird Watching Tours + Culture” in order to meet the specific needs of our clients.

Our Bird Watching Tours are guided by expert Bird Watching Guides and include travel in comfortable, air-conditioned vehicles or safari-vehicles along with accommodation to suit you budget.
 
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** ENDEMIC BIRDS OF SRI LANKA **

Ceylon Spur fowl
Galloperdix bicalcarata
Ceylon Jungle fowl
Gallus lafayettii
Ceylon Wood pigeon
Columba horringtonii
Ceylon Lorikeet
Loriculus beryllinus areas
Seen : Rarely
Inhabits : The rain forests of the wet zone, and is scarce in the montane forests of the higher hills and tall forests of the dry zone. It is very shy, and lives in pairs.
Sites:Ingiriya forest, Kitulgala forest, (Gilimale forest) and Sinharaja forest.
Seen : fairly
inhabits : forested areas throughout the Island. It is rather shy but oftern comes out to open places in the mornings and evenings, especially in the dry zone.
Sites: Yala, Bundala, and Udawalawe National Parks and Sinharaja Forest.
Seen : Commonly
Inhabits : A scarce forest pigeon of montane forests and nearby well-wooded habitats in the higher hills. Usually shy, it lives in pairs or occasionally in small groups. It some times descends to the forests in the lower hills.
Sites: Horton Plains National Park, Hakgala Botanic Gardens and Sinharaja and Tangamale (Haputale) forests.

Seen : Fairly
Inhabits : Fforested areas in the wet zone and adjacent areas of the dry zone. Usually lives singly or in pairs and sometimes in small parties.
Sites: Ingiriya, Kitulgala, Gilimale, Singharaja and Udawattekele forests, Peradeniya Botanic Gardens and home gardens in Rathnapura, Kandy and Kalutara areas.
Layard’s Prakeet
Psittacula Calthropac
Red-Faced Malkoha
haenicophaeus Pyrrhocephalus
Green-Billed Coucal
Centropus Chlororhynchos
Chestnut-backed Owlet
Glaucidium Castanonotum
 
Seen : Rarely
Iinhabits : forested areas of the wet zone. Smaller numbers occur in the drier parts of the hills (on the eastern slope) and adjacent foothills. Usually lives in pairs and sometimes in small flocks.
Sites: Kitulgala, Gilimale, Sinharaja and Udawattekele forests, and Peradeniya Botanic Gardens.
Seen : Rarely
Iinhabits : Large rainforests at lower elevations of the wet zone. Small colonies are found in some some tall forest areas of the dry zone. It usually lives in pairs and is a shy bird, preferring the dense canopy of tall trees.
Sites: Kitulgala and Sinharaja forests.
Seen : Rarely
Inhabits : dense undergrowth of rain forests in the wet zone. It lives in pairs, and is very elusive.
Sites: Ingiriya and Sinharaja Forests.
Seen : Commonly
Inhabits : In forested areas of the wet zone. Lives in pairs. It is oftern active in daytime.
Sites: Kitulgala, Gilimale and Sinharaja forests.

Ceylon Grey Hornbill
Ocyceros gingalensis
Yellow-fronted Barbet
(Crimson-fronted Barbet) Megalaima flavifrons
Ceylon Small Barbet
(Crimson-fronted Barbet) Megalaima rubricapilla
Black-capped Bulbul
(Black- headed Yellow Bulbul) pycnonotus melanicterus
Seen : Commonly
Inhabits : M
ainly in forested areas of the wet zone and the dry zone . Lives in pairs or in small flacks.
Sites: Ingiriya, Kitulgala, Gilimale, Sinharaja and Sigiriya forests.
Seen : Fairly
Inhabits : common barbet in forests and well-wooded areas of the wet zone, but less common in the drier parts of the foothills. Usually lives singly.
Sites: Ingiriya, Kitulgala, Rathnapura, Gilimale, Siharaja, Kandy, Sigiriya forests.
Seen : Fairly
Inhabits : Higher hills, more common in the wet zone. It is found where ever there are tall trees but avoids undisturbed deep parts of large rainforests in the wet zone. Lives singly or in pairs and forms flocks especially during the fruiting season.
Sites: Colombo, Bellanwila- Attidiya, Ingiriya, Kitulgala, Ratnapura, Gilimale, Sinharaja, Kandy, Sigiriya, etc.
Seen : Commonly
Inhabits : In rain forests and adjoining areas of the wet zone and less so in tall forests and adjoining areas of the wet zone and less so in tall forests of the dry zone. It lives in pairs.
Sites: Ingiriya, Kitulgala, Gilimale, Sinharaja, Udawattekele, and Sigiriya Forests.
Yellow-eared Bulbul
Pycnonotus Penicillatus
Ceylon Whistling Thrush
Myiophoneus blighi
Spotted-winged Thrush
Thrush Zoothera Spiloptera
Ceylon Warbler
(Sri Lanka Bush-Warbler) Bradypterus palliseri
Seen : Commonly
Inhabits : Montane forests and home gardens in the higher hills. It ususlly lives in pairs.
Sites: Hortain Plains National Park, Hakgala Botanic Gardens and Nuwara Eliya and Haputale.
Seen : Fairly
Inhabits : A rear thrush which inhabits dense undergrowth of montane forests in the higher hills. A very elusive. It prefers to live near water, singly or in pairs.
Sites: Horton Plains National Park and Hakgala area.
Seen : Commonly
Inhabits :M
ontane forests, and adjoining wooded habitats of the wet zone up to the higher hills. it usually lives singly. It is a fine songbird Sites: Ingiriya, Kitulgala, Gilimale , Sinharaja and tangamale (Haputale) forests,and Hortain Plains National Park.
Seen : Commongly
Inhabits : Arather rare warbler which inhabits dense undergrowth and shrubs in the montane forests of the higher hills. It is an elusive, which lives in pairs.
Sites: Hakgala Botanic Gardens, Hortain Plains National Park, Galway’s forest (Nuwara Eliya) and Tangamale forest (Haputale).
Dusky-blue Flycatcher
(Dull-blue flycatcher) Eumyias Sordida
Brown-capped Babber
Pellorneum fusocapillum
Ceylon Rufous Babbler
(Orange-billed Babbler) Turdoides rufescens
Ashy-headed Laughing Thrush
Garrulax Cinereifroms
 
Seen : Fairly
Inhabits : In montane forests, wooded gardens and tea estates in the higher hills. It is rather shy and usually solitary.
Sites: Hakgola Botanic Gardens, Hortain Plains National Parks, Galway’s forests (Nuwara Eliya) and Tangamale forest (Haputale).

Seen : Commonly
Inhabits : Under growth of forests and nearby wooded habitats in the wet and dry zones and up to the mid hills. It is rather shy and lives in pairs.
Sites: Ingiriya, Kitulgala, Gilimale, Sinharaja, Udawattekele and Sigiriya forests and Udawalawe and Yala National Parks.
Seen : Fairly
Inhabits : In large rain forests which are contiguous with the former. Mainly a tree dweller. It is a noisy which lives in flocks.
Sites: Kitulgala and Sinharaja forests and Horton Plains National Park.
Seen : Rarely
Inhabits : In large rain forests and some montance forests contiguous with the former, up to the mid hills. It is rather shy and mainly a ground dwelling bird. Lives in flocks.
Sites: Kitulgala and Singharaja Forests.
Legge’s Flowerpecker
(White-throated Flowerpecker) Dicaeeum vincens
Ceylon Hill White eye
Zosterops Ceylonensis
Ceylon Blue Magpie
Cissa ornate
Ceylon White-headed Starling
(White-faced Starling) Sturnus albofrontatus
Seen : Rarely
Inhabits : In rain forests and nearby wooded habitats. It is usually solitary and a dweller of the tree canopies.
Sites: Ingiriya, Kitulgala, Gilimale and Sinharaja Forests.
Seen : Commonly
Inhabits : In gardens and forests from the mid hills upwords, with small numbers occurring in some rain forests in the foot hills. It is not shy, and lives in flocks.
Sites: Nuwara Eliya, Hakgala Botanic Gardens, Horton Plains National Park, Galway’s (Nuwara Eliya), Tangamale (Haputale) and Sinharaja forests.
Seen : Rarely
Inhabits : Large rain forests and dense montane forests, and sometimes wooded habitats adjoining them. It is rather shy and lives usually in pairs or sometimes in small flocks.
Sites: Kitulgala and Sinharaja forests and Horton Plains National Park.
Seen : Rarely
Inhabits : Starling in large rain forests. It is usually a dweller of tree canopies and lives in pairs or small parties.
Sites: Sinharaja Forests
 
Ceylon Hill-Mynah
(Sri Lanka Mynah)
Gracula ptilogenys
Ceylon Hill Munia
(Black-throated Munia) Lonchura kelaarti
 
   
 
Seen : Rarely
Inhabits : Large rain forests and adjoining montane forests. It lives in pairs or small parties and prefers the canopy of tall trees.
Sites: Kitulgala, Gilimale and Sinharaja forests.
Seen : Rarely
Inhabits : An uncommon muina in plantations, grasslands and wooded habitats in the hills and even less common in habitats adjoining rain forests in the foothills. It lives in pairs or in flacks.
Sites: Kitulgala, Sinharaja and Tangamale (Haputale) forests, Hakgala, Hakgala Botanic Gardens and Horton Plains National Park.
 

Main Sites for Watching

KITHULGALA ::    
A rain forest across the Kelani River from Kithulgala resthouse, east of Colombo. At the foot of the central mountain massif, this is the area of higest rainfall in Sri Lanka. Mountain and rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagles, Besra Sparrowhawk, Crested Goshawk, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Ceylon Frogmouth, Ceylon(Malabar) Trogon, Ediblr-nest Swift(Indian Swiftler), Three-toed (Oriental Dwarf) and stork-billed Kingfishers, Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpecker, Indian Blue Chat(Robin), Green and Largo-billed Leaf Warblers, Layard’s (Brown-breasted) Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Gold- fronted Chloropsis, Ceylon Crested Drongo.
BELLANWILA :: Attidiya Sanctuary    
A marshland just of Colombo with urban surroundings. Yellow, Chestnut (Cinnamon) and Black Bitterns, Watercock, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Blyth’s Reed and Pallas’s Grasshopper Warblers, Loten’s (Long – billed) Sunbird.
RATHNAPURA ::    
Garden and surroundings of Rathnaloka Tour Inn near Ratnapura east of Colombo, 30 m above sea level. Blossom-headed (Plum-headed) parakeet, Edible-nest Swift (Indian Swiftlet Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Brown-headed Barbet, Brown-capped pygmy Woodpecket, Indian Pitta, Black headed Cuckoo- Shrike, White-browned bulbul, White-throated(Tawny-bellied) Babbler,(Asia) Brown Flycathcer.
GILIMALE FOREST ::     
A rain forest north-east of Rathnapura. Pompadour Green Pigeon, Green Imperial Pigeon, Ceylon (Malabar) Trogon, Three-toed(Oriental Dwarf) Kingfisher, Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpecker, Indian Blue Chat(Robin), Green and Large-billed Leaf Warblers, Layard’s (Brown-breasted) Flycatcher, Indain Scimitar Babbler, Gold – fronted Chloropsis, Ceylon Crested Drongo.
SINGHARAJA RAIN FOREST ::    
A large rain forest south of Rathnapura, one of the best remaining in the Island. Black Eagle, Mountain and Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagles, Besra Sparrowhawk, Krested Goshawk, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Indian Cuckoo, Red winged Crested (Chestnut-winged) Chuckoo, Ceylon frogmouth, Ceylon (Malabar) Trogon, Brown –throated Spinetail Swift (Brown –backed Needletail), Edible-nest Swift(Indian Swiftlet), Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpecker, Indian Blue Chat(Robin), Green and Large-billed Leaf Warblers, Scaly thrush, Layard’s (Brown-breasted)Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Gold – fronted Chloropsis , Ceylon Crested Drongo. Among other animals, vry likely to be seen here are the endemic Purple-faced Leaf Monkey and the Giant Squirrel.
UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK ::    
A mix of habitats in the dry zone:grassland, scrubland, tall forest and water-associated. South of the hill zone, near Embilipitiya. Spotbilled Pelican, Lesse Adjutant and other water, Grey –headed Fishing Eagle and other raptors, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Blossomheaded (Plum-headed)parakeet, Blue-faced Malkoha, Sirkeer(Malkoha), Indian Plaintive (Grey-bellied) Chckoo, Brown Fish owl, Crested Tree Swift, MALABAR pied Hornbill, Forest Wagtail, Blyth’s pipit, Yellow-fronted Pied(Yellow-crowned) Woodpecker, Indian Pitta, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Large (Jungle) Prinia. The Park is especially good for Indian Elephant.
TISSAMAHARAMAYA ::    
Five large tanks (reservoirs) around Tissamaharamaya in the south – east. With paddy fields and urban surroundings. Yellow, Chestnut (Cinnamon) and Black Bitterns, Cotton Teal (Pygmy-goose), Pheasant- tailed Jacana, Watercock and many other water birds, Blue faced Malkoha, Brown Fish Owl, Stork billed Kingfisher, Black – backed Yellow (White napped) Woodpecker, Clamorous reed Warbler.
BUNDALA NATIONAL PARK ::    
A large park in the dry zone comprising scrubland, grass flats, monsoon forest and rock out crops with waterholes; it includes much of the south –east coast of the island. Spot-billed Pelican, Lesser Adjutant, Black – necked Stork, Grey – Headed Fishing Eagle, Great stone-plover ( Great Thick – Knee), Yellow wattled Lapwing and other waders, pied Crested Cuckoo, Blue-faced Malkoha, Sirkeer (Malkoha), Indian Paintive (Grey – Bellied) Cuckoo, Jungle Owlet, Indian and Long-tailed (Jerdon’s) Nightjars, Crested Tree Swift, Malabar Pies Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Pied (Yellow-cowned) and Black backed Yellow (White-naped) Woodpeckers, Indian Pitta, Ashy-crowned, Finch-Lark(Sparrow Lark), Large(Jungle)Prinia, Brahminy Mynah (Starling) Baya Weaver.
Some of the animals likely to be seen are the Indian Elephant. Spotted Deer,(Chital) Sambhur, Golden Jackal, Ruddy Mongoose, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Wild Boar and Marsh and Estuarine Crocodiles.
     
 
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