A bird sanctuary is a place where the rehabilitation and survival of various bird species and their natural habitats happen through conservation by using natural facilities.
In our country, there are more than sixty bird sanctuary park’s but business strategist Hirav Shah picks a few among them which should be visited when you are nearby.
1. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
Located at Farukh Nagar Road, Gurugram, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is spread over 1.43 sq km is one of the famous bird reserves among others in Haryana, India.
The bird sanctuary is home to more than 250 species and numerous migratory birds from Russia, Siberia, Turkey and European countries during the winter season.
Bird species such as rock pigeon, rose-ringed parakeet, common mynah, little egret, Black-necked stork, cattle egret, white-throated kingfisher are a few more others are available in Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. Best time to visit the place is between October to February.
2. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Located at Chorao Island near Goa, the bird sanctuary has been named after the eminent ornithologist Salim Moizuddin Abdul Ali.
The bird-watching tower at the place offers ample scope to witness not only different species of birds but also other fauna species like foxes, marsh crocodiles and mudskipper fish.
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a home for a wide variety of species like sandpipers, woodpeckers, white egrets, purple herons, curlews, mynahs, Drongos, Malabar trogons, cormorants and kingfishers.
3. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Spread over a sprawling area of fourteen acres, Kumarakom bird park in Kerala offers the enchanting beauty surrounded with lush greenery.
The bird sanctuary is home for numerous species of resident and seasonal birds. The pristine Pathiramanal island in the lake is a perfect site to watch migratory birds coming from Siberia and Russia. The best time to visit the park is between November and February.
Best species found in Kumarakom bird sanctuary include Herons, egrets, kingfishers, teals, parrots, larks, Paradise flycatchers, pheasant tailed jacanas, golden-backed woodpeckers and parrots.
4. Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Located at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, Vedanthangal is spread over thirty acres. This is the smallest and oldest bird sanctuary in India and is the home for 40,000 migratory bird species visiting the place every year.
The best time to visit the park is between November and February and Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is shortlisted for the best among Tamil Nadu bird sanctuaries and listed in India.
Best found bird species in the place include common sandpipers, spoonbills, herons, Pintails, garganeys, grey wagtails and blue-winged teals.
5. Kaundinya Bird Sanctuary
Located in Andhra Pradesh, Kaundinya bird sanctuary is spread over 86 km from Horsley Hills and is stretching over 358 sq km. Best time to visit the place is from October to April
Known for its rich and vibrant biodiversity, Kaundinya bird sanctuary also serves as a living place for endemic and migratory birds which also has elephants, porcupines, sloth bears, spotted bears, tigers, pumas, jungle cats and monitor lizards.
Best found bird species in Kaundinya bird sanctuary includes budgerigars, cockatiels, painted storks, rosy pelicans and grey pelicans.
6. Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary
Chilika is famous as the largest brackish water lake in Asia is home to numerous common to rare bird species. Chilika Lake Bird Sanctuary is also known as one of the famous tourist spots in India.
The natural backdrop and the ambience at the lake surroundings will bring an amazing and pleasant feeling for the visitors while boating. Along with bird species, the lake also consists of Irrawaddy dolphins, prawns, crabs, limbless lizards and crustaceans are a few animal varieties available in the lake.
Best found bird species in Chilika Lake Bird Sanctuary are Eagles, geese and flamingos. The appropriate time to visit the place is between October and March.
7. Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary
Spread across grasslands, Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary is located in Kutch district in Gujarat.
The best time to visit the place is between October and March. The majority of bird species are a neutral-coloured ground-dwelling bird species with a long neck and ostrich-like long legs.
Best bird species to watch out for at the Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary includes Great Indian Bustards, Houbara Bustards, Florican Bustard, Macqueen’s Bustards and Eagles.