Almost 95 per cent of the country's endemic birds (about 19 species) are found here, including the rare red-faced malkoha, green-billed caucal, blue magpie and Sri Lankan spur fowl
. Diversity among the reptiles and amphibians is remarkably high.
Two types of sand grouse, two varieties of doves, francolin, spur fowl
and two types of guinea fowl: the common helmeted variety hunted over much of Africa and the very uncommon vulturine guinea fowl.
As we headed on the tracks through a moist forest patch, red jungle fowl scuttled across and a little further ahead we saw red spur fowl
skulking in the undergrowth.