Eco Team’s Specialized Birding Arm offers professional & quality birding tours in Sri Lanka since year 2000 for the birding community around the world with varied levels of interest.
It’s operated by bird lovers for bird lovers !
We invite you to explore Sri Lanka’s extraordinary world of colorful birds and fascinating flora and fauna with us. Sri Lanka is a true paradise for Ornithologists. Of the 427 recorded species, 250 are resident and 33 are endemic to the country. Sri Lanka’s high endemism surpasses countries like Costa Rica and with such a variety of environments ranging from wet to dry zone, forest to jungle, and hill country to low lands, there's no end to the fascinating locations in which to spot many of these beautiful birds.
Most of the endemic birds, such as the striking red-faced malkoha & green billed cocul ?? are restricted to the wet zone, while birds such as the Sri Lanka whistling thrush and the yellow-eared bulbul reside in the hill country. Others, like the brilliantly plumaged jungle fowl, and the shy brown-capped babbler can be found in forests and sanctuaries throughout the island.
The large lakes (irrigation reservoirs) in the dry zone attract numerous varieties of duck, while larger aquatic birds such as the stork, heron, egret, spoonbill, pelican, and ibis can easily be seen in the wetlands.
Around mid-August the first migratory species arrive in Sri Lanka. Large flocks of sandpipers, stints, plovers, terns and harriers fly over from Northern India, Siberia, Scandinavia and Western Europe and settle along the lagoons and salterns of the eastern, north-western and south-eastern coasts. In the forested areas of Sri Lanka, migratory birds like tree warblers, thrushes and cuckoos can be seen.
We at Eco Team have carefully planned birding tours in Sri Lanka to maximize our birding tours success by visiting as many habitats, altitudinal zones, and local lesser known hideouts as possible while still maintaining a reasonable tour pace. With us, you do not have to pay celebrity prices for celebrity level guides and services.
Each tour is led by an English-speaking veteran birding Tour guide who usually lives and guides in Sri Lanka year-round. Accommodation is generally in comfortable eco-lodges or hotels situated near birding locales unless otherwise noted in our programs. Our guides are well versed in finding and identifying rarities and target birds, always with the overall goal of making your birding tour experience as successful as possible.
Birding Tours Sri Lanka - attitude
What’s most important is that as birders we understand what you want as a fellow birder. We know what it takes and we are passionate about making Sri Lanka one of your unforgettable birding destinations. From your personal travel advisor, who would answer your mails and coordinate the tour, to the birding guide, to the chauffeur who would drive you around – all have the right attitude and the knowledge to make it happen.
Our Birding Tour Options
- Short birding excursions
- Soft and moderate birding programs with other interests
- Hardcore / professional birding programs
- Exotic Bird / Nature / Wildlife photography tours.
Short biding Tours Sri Lanka
If you are in Sri Lanka just for few days or on a beach holiday, but still want to try your luck with the birds, our short birding tour option is the right solution. These excursions would range from one day to 3 days and could be organized to rainforests [ to get a high number of endemics ] / wetlands [ to see water birds / waders ] / dry zone [ to see high numbers of resident birds ] or to match your special interest like owls or bird photography.
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Soft and moderate birding Tours Sri Lanka with other interests
For some one who wants to see and do other things in Sri Lanka but still wants to see the feathered ones as much as possible our soft birding tours fit the bill. These itineraries would cover a large spectrum of interests like culture, history, wildlife, etc. and still do lot of bird watching when ever possible. These tours could be offered with a professional bird guide + chauffer or with only a Chauffer guide who has a fair knowledge in biding.
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Hardcore / professional birding Tours Sri Lanka
This option is for the real birders who are very serious in the count they get and have specific goals in terms of endemics, etc. These itineraries, led by expert birding tour guides are designed for nothing but to get the maximum count possible + all the Sri Lankan endemics.
We offer scheduled and customized small group birding tours in Sri Lanka with maximum time in the field. Each morning we will be getting an early start to make the best of our time, and maximize our opportunities to see as many species of birds as possible. As an optional outing, one night in each location, we will go owling. Each evening, there will also be an optional meeting after dinner to go over the bird list.
In this category of tours, we have carefully selected the best combination of birding tour locations, some times even compromising creature comforts, to ensure the largest variety and number of species possible.
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Exotic Bird / Nature / Wildlife photography tours in Sri Lanka
Our slow-paced bird /wildlife photo tours are designed to capture images of a broad diversity of tropical birds.
Usually, photographers wishing to photograph a broad spectrum of birds have to strike out on their own or join a birding tour where their photography needs often conflicts with the goals of serious birders. For this reason we've created birding-like tours that emphasize photography opportunities rather than species count, while still endeavouring to seek out many different kinds of birds.
In this site you will find a few popular birding Tour itineraries with rates for you to review. These are private trips where you, or your own group, will be the only participants. These are not sign-up tours with specific dates.
Please note that these are only suggestions and we would be happy to customize your trip in any way you would like.
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Birds and people
For birds to survive and for you to come and see them some one needs to protect bird habitats & forests. There is no one else who could do it better than the communities who live right there, near the habitats. Eco Team is spearheading various conservation projects in association with the communities and part of your tour fee is diverted towards these projects.
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