Bird Watching

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The Hibiscus Garden Hotel

is located on the border to National parks and Bird Sanctuaries where mass tourism is an unknown word. This area of Tissamaharama is highly admired by nature and bird lovers due to its beautifully unique Flora and Fauna that it provides.

We are proud to announce that we offer our guests 12.000 qm of a large garden area where 1/3 of it is vegetated Jungle providing the perfect retreat area for rare Bird and species of Dragonflies. Near the Hotel you will find the Yala and Udawalawa National parks as well as the Bundala Bird Sanctuary. All 3 nature protection areas together span an area of over 160,000 hectare. Jeep safaris or walking tours with local bird specialists can be organized by us directly. The class of Birds which can be observed from our Hotel can be presented to you on a list from:

Andy King & Kate Jeffreys (Geckoella environmental consultants pvt Ltd),
with Wicky Wickremesekera (Jetwing Eco Holidays) & Adrian Plant (National Museum Wales, UK).

Birds Spotted at Hotel Hibiscus Garden, Tissamaharama
23-24 December 2008 & 6-7 January 2009

1. [Spot-billed Pelican]29.Pied Cuckoo
2. [Indian Cormorant]30.House Crow
3. [Oriental Darter]31.White-throated Kingfisher
4. [Purple Heron]32.Blue-tailed Bee-eater
5. [Grey Heron]33.Brown-headed Barbet
6. Little Egret34.Rufous-winged Lark
7. Intermediate Egret35.Barn Swallow
8. Cattle Egret36.Little Swift
9. Indian Pond Heron37.Brown Shrike
10.Yellow Bittern38.Flame Minivet
11.[Painted Stork]39.Red-vented Bulbul
12.Asian Openbill40.Common Iora
13.[Black-headed Ibis]41.Black-hooded Oriole*
14.[Brahminy Kite]42.Oriental Magpie Robin
15.Black-winged Kite43.Brown-capped Babbler**
16.[White-bellied Fish Eagle]44.Yellow-billed Babbler
17.Peafowl45.Blyth’s Reed Warbler
18.Slaty-breasted Rail46.Zitting Cisticola
19.White-breasted Waterhen47.Plain Prinia
20.[Black-winged Stilt]48.Ashy Prinia*
21.Red-wattled Lapwing49.Common Tailorbird
22.Common Tern50.Bright-green Warbler
23.Feral Pigeon51.Asian Paradise-flycatcher (Sri Lankan ‘brown’ race)*
24.Spotted Dove52.Purple-rumped Sunbird*
25.[Alexandrine Parakeet]53.Long-billed Sunbird*
26.Rose-ringed Parakeet54.Black-headed Munia
27.Asian Koel55.White-bellied Drongo*
28.Greater Coucal56.Common Myna
No. of species = 56 (approximately 13% of known Sri Lankan fauna)
** = Endemic species
* = Endemic subspecies / race

[name] = observed in flight
Observers:
Andy King & Kate Jeffreys (Geckoella environmental consultants pvt Ltd), with Wicky
Wickremesekera (Jetwing Eco Holidays) & Adrian Plant (National Museum Wales, UK)

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