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Top Bird sanctuaries of India

India is a home for many beautiful species of birds local as well as migrant birds. Bird sanctuaries in India are therefore a hot spot for personality lovers and birdwatchers.


Attiveri Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Attiveri Bird Sanctuary

Best time to visit the sanctuary is between November and March.
Birds inhabiting this area include cattle egret, Indian and little cormorants, black-headed ibis, Eurasian spoonbill, pied and white-throated kingfishers, Indian grey hornbill and barn swallow


Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

Best Time to Visit :October to March.
Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is the breeding ground of many species that are now considered endangered. Some of the commonly found species of the Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh are Spotted Belied Pelican, Spoon Bill, White Ibis, Night Heron, Open Billed Stork, Painted Stork, Little Cormorant and Spoon Bill.



Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Gamgul

Best Time to Visit: March-April.
The birds found here are Turdoides striatus, Stachyris pyrrhops, Megalaima rubricapilla, Megalaima virens, Merops orientalis, Hypsipetes madagascariensis, Pycnonotus cafer, Pycnonotus leucogenys, Melophus lathami, Emberiza fucata, Pernis ptilorhyncus, and more.


Sandi Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Sandi Bird Sanctuary

The best time to visit the sanctuary is from December to February.
Sandi welcomes thousands of avian visitors, the most common ones being the brahmini duck, red-crested pochard, white-eyed pochard, Eurasian wigeon, northern shoveller, gadwall, coot and garganey teal. Resident birds which roost here include open-billed stork, painted stork, white-necked stork, black-necked stork, spoonbill, purple heron, black drongo, and Indian moorhen.


Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary

Best time to visit: Spring and Winter.
Flora:Includes Huge mango trees, jackfruit, coconut palm, tamarind, guava, ficus and others trees.
Avi-fauna: Includes Black-naped Monarch, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Orange-headed Thrush, White-throated Fantail, Crested Serpent Eagle, Large-tailed Nightjar, Ashy Woodswallow, Lineated Barbet and Greater Flameback.


Kolleru Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Kolleru Bird Sanctuary

Best Time to Visit: October to May
Birds Found : Open Bill Storks, Painted Storks, Glossy Ibises, White Ibises, Teals, Pintails, Shovellers, Red-Crested Pochards, Black winged Stilts, Avocets, Common Redshanks, Wigeons, Gadwalls and Cormorants Water birds which contain Garganys, ducks, Open bill storks, Herons, Flamingos & grey pelicans.


Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

The best season to visit is from June to October.
Some important birds that are found at Gudavi include White Pebis, Stone Bill, Egret, Cormorant, Snake bird, Heron etc. A platform is built here for a closer look of birds.


Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Karnataka Best Time to Visit: June to November
Birds Found : Painted storks, Asian openbill storks, common spoonbills, woolly-necked storks, black-headed ibis, white ibis, lesser whistling ducks, Indian shags, stork-billed kingfishers, egrets, cormorants, oriental darter, herons, great stone plovers, river terns and streak-throated swallows


Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kerala Best Time to Visit: June to August and November to February
Birds Found : Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Owls, Egrets, Herons Water Ducks, Parrots, Teal, Larks, Flycatchers, Wood Beetle, Mangrove Forests, Green Paddy Fields and Coconut Groves


Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Best time to visit Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is between October and March.
The species found are over 270 different avian species which include crimson throated barber, peninsular bay owl, crested serpent eagle, fairy bluebird, rose billed roller, great Indian hornbill, Sri Lanka frogmouth, red knot, jack snipe, black bittern and pied avocet etc. The sanctuary has a thick mangrove population as well as many other exotic species of flora which a dedicated nature enthusiast can find and explore.


Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary

Birds can be seen here from September till February–March.One can find both sea and shore birds, here like the black-necked stork, great crested grebe, shikra, Indian spotted eagle, black ibis, black-winged kite, brahminy kite, pheasant-tailed jacana, great thick-knee, common greenshank, grey francolin, imperial eagle, little tern, black-tailed godwit, comb duck, common crane, common teal, dunlin, garganey, marsh harrier, northern pintail, shoveler, Eurasian wigeon, pale harrier, demoiselle, cormorants and darters


Porbandar Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Porbandar Bird Sanctuary

Best Time to Visit: October to March
Birds Found : flamingo, pelican, spoonbill, avocet, coot, pintail, little cormorant, little grebe, Indian roller, shoveller, ducks, geese, whistling teal, bittern, stork, heron, egret, ibis, gull, tern, jacanas, ruff, red shank


Mayani Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Mayani Bird Sanctuary

Best time to visit: In winter from November to January every year.
There are a number of migratory birds that you can expect here like Brahminy ducks, Black ibis, painted stork, kingfisher, coot, common spoon bill, northern shoveler etc. One of the best attractions of this place is the Siberian cranes and the flamingos are also what people come to see here.


Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary is open throughout the year; still the ideal visiting months are from August-November for resident breeding birds and October- February for migrant birds.The major attractions of tourists visiting the park are the numerous migratory birds, which come from as far away as Siberia and Central Asia and spend their winters in Bharatpur, before returning to their breeding grounds. Migratory birds at Bharatpur bird sanctuary include, several species of Cranes, Pelicans, Geese, Ducks, Eagles, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Wagtails, Warblers, Wheatears, Flycatchers, Buntings, Larks and Pipits, etc.


Tal Chhapar Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Tal Chhapar Sanctuary

Best time to visit is from September to March.
Truly a bird lover's paradise, the Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary comes alive with the beautiful color of thousands of migratory birds, especially the harriers, including Montagur's Harriers, Marsh Harriers, Pale Harriers and Hen Harriers. Other birds commonly seen in the sanctuary include Imperial Eagles, Tawny Eagles, Short-toed Eagle, Sparrow Hawks, Skylarks, Crested Larks, Brown Doves, Green Bee-eaters, Black Ibis and Demoiselle Cranes, which will be here till March. Blue-checked Bee-eaters and Green Bee-eaters are commonly found in Tal Chappar, for this is their breeding place.


Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary

This area of small drainage basins attracts more than 8,000 winter migratory birds belonging to 217 species, mostly from European and North Asian countries. It is a breeding habitat for grey herons, darters, spoonbills, white ibis, Asian openbill stork, and night herons. It has also attracted indigenous endangered species including painted stork, grey heron, darter, little cormorant, little egret, intermediate egret, cattle egret, common teal, spotbills, pintail, and flamingos


Bakhira Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Bakhira Sanctuary

Best time to visit to bakhira lake is in winters Nov-Jan.
During this time migratory birds from Tibet, China, Europe & Siberia


Pani Dihing Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Pani Dihing Bird Sanctuary

Best time to visit the sanctuary is during the period of November to April.
Visitors can have spectacular view of different migrating and resident bird species in the sanctuary. As many as 267 species of birds including 70 species of migratory birds have been identified and recorded at Pani Dihing.The common birds seen here are bar-headed goose, greylag goose, spot-billed duck, mallards, gadwall, wigeon, garganey, shoveller, red crested pochard, common pochard, ferruginous duck, adjutant stork, kingfisher, lesser adjutant stork, open bill stork, white necked stork.The rare griffon and white-rumped vultures have also been spotted at the sanctuary.


Karnala Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Karnala Bird Sanctuary

October to April is the best time to visit the Karnala Bird Sanctuary.

The migratory birds that come down to Karnala Bird Sanctuary are ashy minivet, red-breasted flycatcher,Three Toed Kingfisher, blackbird, black-headed cuckoo-shrike, blue-throat,Malabar Trogon, the blue-headed rock thrush, etc.


Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary

Top Bird sanctuaries of India | Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary

January is sure to surprise most of us. It revealed that as many as 9 lakh migratory birds come here in the winters. The sight of these birds is a pleasure to the eyes. The most commonly visible birds are Eagle, Geese and Flamingoes.