Deepal Warakagoda

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Deepal Warakagoda
Born1965(53 years), Sri Lanka
OrganizationCeylon birds club,Birds and wildlife team
Known forSerendib scops owl, Drongo nature sounds playlist
Notable work
A guide to the birds of sri Lanka

Deepal Warakagoda (born 1965) is a prominent Sri Lankan ornithologist. His early working career was in electronics, but for many years he has studied birds and also works as a professional guide for birding tours of the island. He is mostly known for his records as the ornithologist who has seen the greatest amount of species in Sri Lanka. Deepal Warakagoda is also one of the major roles of the Ceylon birds club.[1] He works hard to conserve natural sights and fauna in Sri Lanka and has his own career experience for over 25 years.


He discovered a new species of bird endemic to Sri Lanka, the Serendib Scops owl.[2][3][4][5][6] His expertise in vocalizations had enabled him to realize that an owl he heard calling near Kitulgala rain forest was an unknown species, and he later saw this bird in January 2001 in the Sinharaja rain forest [7] with assistance of a few. He surrounded the bird's habitat and took photographs while it was roosting under a thick bush.This new found species of Scops owls are now on the IUCN red list.[8] However the validity of the Serendib Scops owl as a "new" species has been called into question. He has also identified (each for the first time) 15 new migrant species of birds in Sri Lanka, and has published a large number of articles on the avifauna of Sri Lanka.

Creations and experiences

Warakagoda is Sri Lanka's foremost sound recordist in natural history subjects, and has produced and published the only comprehensive audio guide to the island's birds (on tape and CD). He has an unmatched knowledge of Sri Lanka's bird songs and calls. His recordings of the island's distinct bird species have played a major role in the recognition of several of them as endemic to Sri Lanka in the book Birds of South Asia. The Ripley Guide (2005) by Pamela C. Rasmussen and John C. Anderton.

Although best known for his knowledge of the avifauna of Sri Lanka, and expertise in finding and identifying birds, his knowledge extends to the island's mammals and butterflies.

Warakagoda founded the Drongo Nature Sounds Library,[9][10][11] the only one of its kind in Sri Lanka, and is joint secretary of the Ceylon Bird Club. He is a national coordinator in Sri Lanka for the Asian Waterbird Census. He is a founder of Bird and Wildlife Team[12][], a company specializing in natural history tours of Sri Lanka and India, and works as one of its tour leaders,he is also a leading tour guide of the organization 'WINGS birds'[13]

He is currently working on several new publications in the print and audio/video media, for the betterment of the future of bird watching in Sri Lanka.


  • A field guide to the birds of Sri Lanka (2012)- by Deepal Warakagoda, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp and Richard Grimmet - [14][15] ISBN 978-0-7136-8853-5
  • A Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka Third Edition (1998)- by G. M. Henry, revised and enlarged by Thilo W. Hoffmann, Deepal Warakagoda, and Upali Ekanayake - ISBN 0-19-563813-1 [16]
  • Photographic Guide to Birds of Sri Lanka (2000)- by Gehan De Silva Wijeyeratne, Deepal Warakagoda, T.S.U.De Zylva, - ISBN 1-85974-511-3[17]
  • The Bird Sounds of Sri Lanka. An Identification Guide Part 1 (1997, 2nd ed. 2001) audio tape
  • The Bird Sounds of Sri Lanka. An Identification Guide Part 2 (1998) audio tape
  • The Bird Sounds of Sri Lanka. 99 Species (2003) audio CD
  • The Bird Sounds of Sri Lanka. Habitat Edition 2005 (2005) audio tape


  1. ^ "Ceylon Bird Club, Birds of Sri Lanka, sri lankan birds, endemic birds of sri lanka". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ "Oriental Bird Club | Working to conserve Asia's birds". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "Serendib Scops Owl". Flickr. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  4. ^ "Serendib Scops-owl (Otus thilohoffmanni) All newly discovered bird species during the 21st century". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  5. ^ "Serendib Scops-owl (Otus thilohoffmanni)". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  6. ^ Wild Life (2016-03-09), Serendib Scops Owl Call, retrieved 2018-09-13
  7. ^ Warakagoda, D. H. & Rasmussen, P. C. (1998) "A new species of scops owl from Sri Lanka Archived 2011-09-10 at the Wayback Machine". Bull. Brit. Orn. Club 124: 85–105
  8. ^ "Otus thilohoffmanni (Serendib Scops-owl, Serendib Scops Owl)". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  9. ^ "Drongo Nature Sounds | Deepal Warakagoda". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  10. ^ "Birds of Sri Lanka - MP3 Sound and Image Collection". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  11. ^ "Plus". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  12. ^ "Our Team - Bird and Wildlife Team (Pvt) Ltd - The Best Birding and Wildlife Watching Tours in Sri lanka, and Tours in India". Bird and Wildlife Team (Pvt) Ltd - The Best Birding and Wildlife Watching Tours in Sri lanka, and Tours in India. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  13. ^ Worldwide, WINGS Birding Tours. "WINGS Birding Tours: Tour Leaders – Deepal Warakagoda". WINGS. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  14. ^ Birds of Sri Lanka. Warakagoda, Deepal., Allen, Richard, 1964-. London: Christopher Helm. 2012. ISBN 9780713688535. OCLC 779582324.CS1 maint: others (link)
  15. ^ "Birds of Sri Lanka". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  16. ^ 1891-, Henry, G. M. (George Morrison), (1998). A guide to the birds of Sri Lanka. Henry, G. M. (George Morrison), 1891- (3rd ed.). Delhi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195638131. OCLC 39774646.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  17. ^ de., Silva Wijeyeratne, Gehan (2000). A photographic guide to birds of Sri Lanka. Warakagoda, Deepal., De Zylva, T. S. U. London: New Holland. ISBN 1859745113. OCLC 44932675.