Horton Plains National Park is home to 87 bird species which includes the five montane

endemic species such as Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Sri Lanka White Eye, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler & Dull Blue Flycatcher. Sri Lanka’s second and third highest peaks, Kirigalpoththa (2388M) and Thotupola (2357M) are found here. Access trails to these two provide you a great opportunity to spot the highland birds freely because these two trails are hardly used. Apart from these two traditional loop trail in Horton Plains and Argana pool are ideal places to do the birding.

Best time to visit

  • December to April
  • July and August also recommended

Some of the birds you can spot:

Sri Lanka Junglefowl
Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon
Sri Lanka White-eye
Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush
Sri Lanka Bush Warbler
Dull-blue Flycatcher
Yellow-eared Bulbul

Dark Fronted Babbler
Velvet Fronted Nuthatch
Indian Blackbird
Great Tit
Pied Bushchat
Black Eagle

Common Kestrel
Jerdon’s Baza
Mountain Hawk Eagle
Crimson-backed Goldenback
Black throated Munia
Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler