The Sinharaja Wilderness is rich in bird life with an extraordinary 186 bird species recorded up to date. It is also the only habitation where 30 out of 33 bird species endemic to Sri Lanka may be viewed. Interestingly, a few endemic species such as Yellow-eared bulbul are confined to the higher elevations on its eastern borders.

Sinharaja Bird Wave – Largest bird wave in the world….

Tropical rain forests are well recognized for the evolution of mixed-species feeding flocks with comprehensible and steady social dynamics. Good examples of these are the mixed species flocks in Sinharaja. It is also the highlight of the bird watching in Sinharaja. These flocks give life to the forest which under normal conditions is calm and uneventful.

The constant data collected over two decades in Sinharaja have shown them to be the largest bird waves in the world. Flock averaged around 42 individuals and 11 species. In total, 59 bird species have been observed to participate in feeding flocks including 18 endemic species. Collected data shows that 21 species are regular, in the sense that they have found in more than 25% of the flocks.

Best time to visit and entrance

  • August to March is the best time to visit
  • Kudawa entrance is the best for bird watching

Some of the birds you can spot:

Sri Lanka Junglefowl
Sri Lanka Spurfowl
Black-capped Bulbul
Yellow-browed Bulbul
Black Bulbul
Sri Lanka Spot-winged Thrush
White Thrush
Sri Lanka Blue Magpie
Sri Lanka Gray Hornbill
Sri Lanka Crested Drongo
Brown -capped Babbler
Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler


Dark-fronted Babbler
Orange-billed Babbler
Sri Lanka Myna
White-face Starling
Black-nape Monarch
Sri Lanka Frogmouth
Red-faced Malkoha
Green-billed Coucal
Serendib Scopes Owl
Chest-nut Backed Owlet
Malabar Trogon
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher
Asian Brown Flycatcher