The whistler in the woods

Sinharaja Rainforest 

Fun facts

Spend a little bit of time in the hill rainforests and you will soon learn to pick out the melodious voice of the Spot-winged thrush. It’s actually quite easy once it’s pointed out to you. A distinctive high pitched trill followed by an almost humanlike (but far more melodious) whistle is the signature call of this shy little bird. However, the prolific spotting and brown tones that cover this bird all over its body make it almost impossible to spot even if you track down its voice.

Did you know?

This singing idol of the bird world is endemic to Sri Lanka and is quite a solitary soul. Rarely (if ever) found below the 500m altitude level, this little bird prefers the early morning and evening twilight to burst into song. Curiously, despite hiding out in dense undergrowth most of the time, the omnivorous Spot-winged thrush prefers to feed on the ground.


Although preferring the hill rainforests and even heading up as high as 2000m altitude, this little thrush has also been known to occasionally spend some time in the drier woodlands. However, one of the best places to encounter them and other wildlife would be the Explorer by Mahoora campsite in the Sinharaja Rainforest.




Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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