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Friendly people, easy travelling, good birds: Sri Lanka is a wonderful destination for any birdwatcher.
More than 400 species have been recorded and during a 10 day trip you can expect around 200 species.
 Areas of interest
Most birders do a circuit in the southwest (including Yala). There are however some good spots in the north, especially for waders. These places are now again open to visit but the infrastructure is sometimes poor and not yet restored.
 Dry Zone
Most of the island lies in the dry zone which covers the northern and eastern parts of the island. The once typical dry broadleaf evergreen forest is still preserved in some national park, most notably in Yala. Sri Lanka Woodshrike is found in this zone.
The peaks in the south of the island go up to over 2000m. Some species like Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Sri Lanka White-eye, Dull-blue Flycatcher and Sri Lanka Bush Warbler are usually only found here. A good base to explore and find some of these species is Nuwara Eliya. Strictly speaking most of the mountains also belongs to the wet zone.
 Wet Zone
The southwestern part of the island lies in the wet zone. Almost all endemic species can be found here in the remaining patches of wet evergreen forest like in Sinharaja or Kitulgala for example the Serendib Scops Owl, described as lately as 2004. Many species have a very small range and are unlikely to be seen outside protected areas.
 Access and Facilities
Birding in Sri Lanka is easy. Most people speak good English, the country is safe, the traffic much better than in India. Many local companies offer birding tours, but the country can also be visited independently. Some places are hard to reach with public transport (eg Sinharaja) but it's possible. Yala can only be visited on an organized safari, but this can be done in the country. In Sinharaja a guide is compulsory.
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