The Bundala National Park has been identified as an outstanding important bird area in the South Indian and Sri Lankan wetlands. It is also the home of about 197 species of bird, also which 58 are migratory. Park vegetation comprises of lagoons, saltpans, seashore, grass flats, scrubland, dry mixed evergreen forest small tanks. Above all, this is also known as an important wintering ground for migrant birds

Best time to visit

  • Northern migrant season, but worth visiting anytime of the year

Some of the birds you can spot

Barred Buttonquail
Sri Lanka Junglefowl
Indian Peafowl
Northern Pintail
Garganey
Painted Stork
Glossy Ibis

Eurasian Spoonbill
Spot-billed Pelican
Little Grebe
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Gray-headed Fish Eagle
Crested Serpent Eagle

Black-tailed Godwit
Common Redshank
March Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Ruddy Turnstone
Little Stint
Curlew Sandpiper

Ruff, Red-necked Phalarope
Small Pratincole
Brown-headed Gull
White-winged Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern

Watercock
Eurasian Thick-knee
Great Thick-knee
Yellow-wattled Lapwing
Greater Painted-snipe
Common Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover

Kentish Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Crested Hawk Eagle
Lesser Crested Tern
Greater Crested Tern