• A tropical climate, long isolation from the Asian mainland and a diversity of habitats have helped endow Sri Lanka with an astonishing abundance of birdlife. Some 463 species have been recorded, 26 of which are unique to Sri Lanka; others are found only in Sri Lanka and adjacent South India. Of the 200 migrant species, most of which are in residence from August to April, the waders (sandpipers, plovers etc) are the long-distance champions, making the journey from their breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra. – Lonely Planet
  • Best places to watch them are Kumana, Kalametiya, Bodhingala and Udawatte Kele, Kitulgala, Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains, Sinharaja Rainfores, Udawalawe National Park, Yala National Park, Bundala National Park, Tissamaharama, Knuckles Range, Muthurajawela Marsh, Pottuvil Lagoon.