BIRD WATCHING IN KUMANA NATIONAL PARK
Kumana is known as the birding paradise of Sri Lanka. Three reasons contribute to this assumption.
1. Kumana villu a swamp of 750 acres, is the nesting colony of over 3000 birds of 22 species, Perhaps the only nesting site of so many aquatic birds in such a small area. From April to September every Year hundreds of Pelicans, Painted storks, Spoon bills, Open bills, Ibis, the four species of Egrets, the four species of herons, Cormorants, Darters, Whistling Teal, Jacanas, Black winged stilts, Moor hens, and Purple Gallinules gather in this Villus to nest.
2. The series of Lagoons on the eastern boundary of the National park attracts hundreds of migrant waders from November to April. 67 species have been recorded in these areas.
3. The terrain of the National Park with its many plains, Rocky outcrops and riverine forest provide nesting site to the 162 species that form the resident species of the national park. It’s also the home range of the Sri Lanka’s Largest and the rarest Resident Bird, The Blacked Necked Stork.
Detailed Below are some of the birds that are found in Kumana