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Bird Sanctuaries in India

Bird Sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is situated in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. This sanctuary covers an area of 30 hectares. Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is the oldest bird sanctuary in India. Here, the birds have been protected by the local people for more than 250 years. The sanctuary gets its name from a nearby village. A grove of Barringatonia and Acacia nilotica trees, dry evergreen scrub and thorn forests and a tank from part of the sanctuary. Some of the migratory birds like Cormorants, Egrets, Grey Heron,

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, India

Open-billed stork, Darter, Spoonbill, White lbris, Night Herons, Grebes, Grey Pelican, Garganey Teals, Shovellers, Pintails, Stilts, Sandpipers come here from Siberia, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for nesting and breeding. Some of the resident birds of this sanctuary are Coots, Moorhen and Tern. About 115 species of birds can be seen in this sanctuary. The best time to see the birds is between 3 to 6 pm.

Bird Sanctuaries in West Bengal

Sunderbans National Park
The Sunderbans National Park lies south of Kolkata, where the Ganga with its various tributaries form the largest delta of the world. Piyali, 70 kms from Calcutta via Dosarhat is the gateway to the Sunderbans. Sunderbans means the beautiful forests and derives its name from the words Sundari and ban, which means “the forests of sundari” or mangrove trees. Sunderbans is mainly covered by mangrove forests and vast saline mud flats and covers an area over 2500 square km in the Ganga-Brahmaputra delta and spread across to Bangladesh. The Sunderbans was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. The Sunderbans are the largest estuarine forests in the world. This tiger and biosphere reserve still preserves the natural habitat of 200 or more Royal Bengal Tigers. Besides Tiger, Spotted deer, jungle cat, fishing cat, Indian fox, mongoose, spotted deer, wild pig, Indian flying fox, wild boar, small Indian civet, Gangetic dolphin, rhesus monkey, snake, pangolin, sea turtle, cobra, python and crocodiles are the other wildlife which can be seen here. Sunderbans is also the breeding ground of immense variety of birds like Heron, Egret, Cormorant, Fishing Eagle, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Seagul, Tern, Kingfisher, Whimprel, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Stint, Eastern Knot, Curlew, Sandpiper, Golden Plover, Pintail, White-eyed Pochard and Whistling teal. The Sunderbans are accessible only by waterways. Motor launch facilities are available round the year. The ideal time to visit the Sunderbans is during the months of August to March.

Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary

The Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary is a real treat for birdwatchers. This bird sanctuary contains a wide variety of birds like spotted billed pelican, cotton teal, herring gull, Caspian tern, grey heron, large egret, night heron, open-billed stork, white ibis, common kingfisher, brahmini kite and paradise flycatcher. The area is also important for waders, including the Asian dowitcher, a rare winter migrant. The osprey, Pallas’s fish eagle, white-bellied sea eagle, grey-headed fishing eagle, peregrine falcon, Oriental hobby, northern eagle owl and brown fish owl are the other birds.

Bird Sanctuaries in Jammu and Kashmir

Overa Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary
The Overa Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary is situated about 76 kms. from the south-east of Srinagar, near Pahalgam. Overa Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary is characterized by stunning mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys. This sanctuary covers an area of 33 square km. The Overa Wildlife Sanctuary is richly covered with a variety of floral complexes which comprise mainly of conifers. The principal species are Pinus griffithii, Abies pindrow, aesculus indica, Morus alba, Juglans regia, etc. This sanctuary is the home of 13 rare species of mammals and over 80 species of birds. The mammals are hangul, musk deer, serow, rhesus macaque, langur, leopard, leopard cat, etc. It has acquired an outstanding position for its varied and magnificent species of pheasants like chukar, koklas, monal, Himalayan snow cock, jungle crow, red billed chough, griffon vulture, bearded vulture, Himalayan whistling thrush, rufous-backed shrike, Indian mynah, etc. The best season to view the birds is from March to August and for animals is September to April. The nearest airport is located in Srinagar, about 87 kms from the sanctuary.

Bird Sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh

Maharana Pratap Sagar Bird Sanctuary
The Maharana Pratap Sagar Bird sanctuary is a famous lake sanctuary. The major attraction of this sanctuary are the ducks which migrate from Siberia during winter. Here one can visit thousands of ducks in the swamp area between Shahnahar barrage and Pong dam and the surrounding shallow waters of the lake. Clean blue water all around with the panoramic view of Dhauladhar Ranges and Kangra Valley make the visit to Ransar Island an unforgettable experience. Black buck, Cheetal, Surkhab, Cranes, Pintails and variety of water birds can also seen on this island.

Kalatop Khajjiar Bird Sanctuary
Kalatop Khajjiar Bird Sanctuary with its well laid out trekking jungle trails both at Kalatop and Khajjiar is a tourist paradise. Dense Deodar and Fir forests are places of solitude very close to Dalhousie town. Visitors should look for pheasants and Serow in these forests but should be beware of Black bear which can be encountered often in the area.

Chail Bird Sanctuary
Chail Bird Sanctuary is located in the Chail region of the Himachal Pradesh. The Deodar and Oak forests and the grasslands are mainly found in this region which provides a home to the wildlife animals. Sambar, Goral, Cheer Pheasants, Barking Deer and Kalijin are the various wildlife animals and birds which are found at Blossom and Jhaja in Chail. There is also a Cheer pheasant breeding centre at both these places. The Range Officer of Wildlife and his staff assists the wildlife lovers and tourists to view the wildlife in the sanctuary area.

Bird Sanctuaries in Uttar Pradesh

Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary
Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is situated about 43 km. away, on Lucknow-Kanpur highway in Uttar Pradesh. The Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is an ideal place for bird watching and photography and has a huge marshland and shallow lake bordered with mixed dry forest. Stretching for about 3 square kilometers with a concentric lake which sustains wild life, Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is a veritable heaven for ornithologists and common men. Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary also houses a Centre for Interpretation of Birds, their behavior and habitats. This sanctuary is the home of several migratory and water birds during winters. Some of the birds which can be seen in this sanctuary are Pochard, Shoveller, Woodpecker, Shovards, Parakeet, Coot, Purple moorhen, Greylag Goose, Common Teal, Red Crested Porchard, Shoveller, Mallard, Peacock, White necked stork. Mainly the inhabitants of the Himalayan Ranges, Tibet and China these birds come flying over hills and mountains for a respite from the beating cold. Spotted Deer and Barking deer also finds a secluded destination at Deer Park inside Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary. The best season to visit this sanctuary is between October and March.

Bird Sanctuaries in Kerala

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
Kadalundi bird sanctuary is the most attractive Bird Sanctuary in Kerala. Kadalundi bird sanctuary lies at a distance of 19 km from Kozhikode. Kadalundi bird sanctuary gives shelter to more than a hundred varieties of native birds. Over 60 species of migratory birds flock here in large numbers. The birds inhabiting the places are woodpecker, black bulbul, jungle fowl, laughing thrush, myna, kingfisher and peafowl. The Kadalundi bird sanctuary is also known for a wide variety of Fish, Mussels and Crabs which inhabit the water bodies near the place. Other than being a haven to innumerable birds, the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is extremely rich in its scenic beauty. The sanctuary is spread over a group of islands, and is surrounded by little hills. The Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary spreads out over an impressive 3 kms, and one of the hillocks, standing at 200 meters above the sea level, extends the beauty of the place by allowing a splendid view of the adjacent river mouth and sea. The ideal season to visit this sanctuary is from December to April, during the early hours of the day.

Bird Sanctuaries in Gujarat

Bird Sanctuary

The Khijadia Bird Sanctuary is a bird Sanctuary housing various species of birds. Located at a distance of 10 kms on the north east part of Jamnagar, on the southern belt of the Gulf of Kutch, the Khijadia Birds Sanctuary got its notification in the year 1982. Wetlands all over, it has three freshwater lakes, mangroves, tidal mud humps, salty beds and everything suited to the migratory birds and waders. Two dams were erected by the then ruler of Jamnagar in order to avoid seeping of water from adjacent river Ruparen during high tides and hence, the co-existence of two varied kinds of soil - the salty wetlands on one and river freshwater on the other. Covering an area of 605 hectares, the Khijadia Birds Sanctuary, has three watch towers and Paddle boats are available here come handy to cross over the lakes. The position of the Sanctuary being at the western shore of the country makes it an easier route for the migratory birds to fly in. A wide variety of migratory bird can be seen in the Khijadia Birds Sanctuary. Pheasant Tailed Jacana. Black Ibis, Sarus Crane, Shoveler, Pintail, Baer's Porchard, and the black neck stork are just to name a few of the migratory birds here. Nakta, Comb Duck and Spot bill are domestic residents of the sanctuary. A rare place for the Crested Grebe to breed, Khijadia Birds Sanctuary is home to the Indian Skimmer which is a real pleasure to watch because it sports colors of dark red in the beak and black on the head with the whole body in dazzling white. Jungle cats, mongoose, blue bells, rabbits and cobras are some of the animals to be spotted here.


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