Whether you are an avid birder or just interested in observing birds in their natural habitat, the ancient forest at the foot of Sigiriya rock is a perfect location to do so. Recently designated as a Bird Sanctuary, the area comprises 5,099 hectares of forest as well as water bodies around the Sigiriya rock with roads around the site as well as towards Pidurangala rock. Home to over 65 species of endemic, resident and migratory birds both familiar and rare, raptors such as the Shaheen Falcon, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Grey Headed Fish Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle and Crested Hawk Eagle are found here.
Some others found here include: the Little Scops Owl, Indian Long-tailed Night-Jar, Forest Eagle Owl, Open bill, Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Green Imperial Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Ceylon Jungle Fowl, Orange-headed Ground Thrush, Indian Blue Chat, Brown-capped Babbler, White-Rumped Shama, Black-capped Bulbul, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Brown Flycatcher, Layard’s Flycatcher, Orange Minivet, Small Minivet, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Blue-faced Malkoha and many more.
The Sanctuary is best explored taking a guided tour with our experienced naturalist who will provide much insight into the species you will observe and their habitat.