|Birding at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge|
|Our area is particularly good for 'twitchers' because many species can be observed within short time.
Based on research of the 'Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka' (FOGSL) combined with results of specialist ornithologists visitors at the lodge we have a quite clear overview of the local birdlife which is likely to be even better for bird watching than inside the Yala National Park itself. On a 2 or 3 nights stay between 60 and 90 species can be observed (depending on weather conditions).
The rare Oriental Scops Owl is very common and this small owl often makes a defining background sound at night, the calls heard most after rain and if there is no wind. Regularly we see the Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot (endemic).
Among common birds seen or heard daily are Peacock, Grey Hornbill (endemic), Malabar Pied Hornbill (endemic Sri Lanka/India), Sri Lankan Junglefowl (endemic), Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Green Bee-eater, Baya Weawer, - and many more.
|One bird is NOT around Tree Tops; the craw! A fact that indicates the remoteness of the lodge, as the craw is always part and parcel of the birdlife near human settlement. We are not highly qualified birders – but have managed to compile an unofficial list of bird species found in our local Illukpitiya/Weliara wilderness area.
|A list of 163 bird species recorded in in the area of Tree Tops Jungle Lodge. Ten endemic species observed.|
|The endemic birds listed below|
|2||Sri Lanka Brown-capped Babble|
|3||Ceylon Crested Drongo|
|4||Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill|
|5||Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot|
|6||Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl|
|7||Pompadour Green Pigeon|
|8||Red Faced Malkoha|
|9||Sri Lanka Spurfowl|
|10||Ceylon Wood shrike|