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Migrant Birds Wintering in Sri Lanka

migratory birds in Sri Lanka

Migrant birds in Sri Lanka

In December, Sri Lanka witnesses the arrival of a plethora of migratory birds, adding vibrant hues and lively melodies to its diverse avian landscape. The island nation serves as a winter haven for many bird species that escape the harsh winter conditions in their breeding grounds. The mild and temperate climate, coupled with the abundance of food resources, makes Sri Lanka an attractive destination for these winged visitors.

Egrets - Sri Lanka
Aquatic birds

One of the most notable arrivals during this time is the migratory waterfowl. Wetlands, lakes, and reservoirs become bustling hubs as birds like ducks, geese, and waders make their way to the island. Among them, you might encounter Northern Pintails, Eurasian Teals, and Northern Shovelers, gracefully navigating the serene waters. These water bodies provide essential feeding grounds for these birds, teeming with aquatic insects, crustaceans, and aquatic plants.

The coastal regions of Sri Lanka also witness an influx of migratory shorebirds. Sandpipers, plovers, and terns create a spectacular sight as they forage along the sandy shores and mudflats. Their synchronized movements and distinctive calls contribute to the enchanting ambiance of the coastal areas. Popular spots for observing these shorebirds include Bundala National Park, Mannar, and other coastal wetlands.

Sri Lanka’s lush forests also attract a variety of migratory songbirds. Warblers, flycatchers, and thrushes add melodic notes to the symphony of the local birdlife. The trees come alive with flashes of color as these birds flit about, creating a captivating spectacle for bird enthusiasts.

One of the most iconic migratory visitors to Sri Lanka in December is the Painted Stork. These large, elegant birds with their striking pink and white plumage can be spotted in wetlands and lagoons. Their presence enhances the aesthetic appeal of these natural habitats.

Birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts flock to various birding hotspots across the country during this time, armed with binoculars and cameras to capture the beauty of these migratory guests. Conservation efforts are also in place to protect the habitats crucial for the well-being of these birds.

Bird watching at Kumana Sri Lanka

The arrival of migratory birds in December not only adds ecological significance but also presents an excellent opportunity for locals and tourists alike to appreciate the wonders of avian biodiversity. It highlights the importance of preserving natural habitats and maintaining the delicate balance that allows both resident and migratory birds to thrive in Sri Lanka.

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