Can a country barely larger than the state of West Virginia really be home to more than 400 species of birds, of which 233 are resident species? You’d better believe it. Because Sri Lanka has an impressive list of birds.
Located 547 miles (875 kilometers) north of the equator and separated from the southern tip of India by the 33-mile-wide Palk Strait, is a magnet for over 200 species of migratory birds.
In fact, Sri Lanka’s bounty of birds has inspired a small library of must-have books for birdwatchers, including A Guide to the Birds of Ceylon (G. M. Henry), Birds of Ceylon (W. W. A. Phillips) and Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka (Sarath Kotagama and Prithiviraj Fernando).
You can even get a facsimile edition of Captain Vincent Legge’s monumental A History of the Birds of Ceylon (1,624 pages, two volumes) at an affordable price.
A Photographic Guide to Birds of Sri Lanka (Gehan De Silva Wijeyeratne, Deepal Warakagoda and T. S. U. De Zylva) is one of our favorites. The pocket-friendly shape and size of this book makes it perfect for the field; you can take it along as you jounce around in your jeep or Land Rover at Yala, Kumana, Udawalawe and Bundala national parks.
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