Sri Lanka’s very own rain forest, Sinharaja translated to the ‘Kingdom of the Lion’. Home to many endemic species, this national park and biodiversity hotspot, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. As a biologically unique lowland rain forest, the treasures found within it includes the likes of the Red-faced Malkoha, Sri Lankan Blue Magpie, White-faced Starling and Scaly Thrust to name a few. Many bird watching expeditions are carried out year round, with one being the Mixed Species Bird Flock study, which has been ongoing since 1981. A trek through the dense vegetation with binoculars, a camera and a guide is the way to take In Sinharaja.