Sri Lanka boasts some 400 bird species, of which 21 are endemic. It owes this diversity to its tropical climate and the variety of its biotopes. It is possible to see some of these species (like the red-headed malkoha or the jungle pheasant) during a walk in the parks and botanical gardens of Colombo or Kandy. As for the endemic species, if you are attentive, you might catch a glimpse of them in the tropical forest. Sri Lanka equally boasts 240 species of butterfly living not only in the foothills, but also at high altitudes of up to 3,000 feet above sea level. Their migration between March and April is a captivating and colourful spectacle.
A painted stork, a large wading bird native to Asia.© © mike smith / age fotostock
Rose ringed parakeets, a gregarious tropical Afro-Asian parakeet species.© © mike smith / age fotostock
A little green bee eater, a richly coloured, slender bird.© © Andreas Wolf / age fotostock
Wading bird in Sri Lanka© © mike smith / age fotostock
The myna is a bird of the starling family, which occur naturally only in southern and eastern Asia.© © Sabine Schaefer / age fotostock