Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

Bird Sanctuary Thattekad

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

Location Thattekad Bird Sanctuary called as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary too is situated in the banks of Periyar River in the district of Ernankulam in Kerala. It covers an area of 25.16 sq kms spread all over and attracts nature lovers from various parts of India and the world. The bird sanctuary was first set up in 1983 based on a suggestion given by the famous ornithologist Dr Salim Ali. He was also the designer of the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. Dr Ali had discovered 167 different kinds of birds and his discipline Dr Sugathan found 207 birds. In addition, the Bombay Natural History Society discovered 253 types of birds.

The Bird Sanctuary provides home to around 500 species of bird which includes the Crimson Throated Barbet, Bee eater, Sunbird, Shirke, Black Winged Kite, Night Heron, Grey Heron, Fairy Blue Bird, Grey Headed Fishing Eagle, Malabar Shama, Common Hornbill and Malabar Hornbill. Besides this, the sanctuary also shelters house animals including mammals and reptiles. The landscape of the sanctuary is covered with tropical evergreen and deciduous forests with patches of green lands.

Main Attractions of Bird Sanctuary The most popular species of birds found are Large Falcon, Crow Pheasant, Indian roller, White Breasted Water Hen, Kite, Cuckoo, Jungle Nightjar, Common Snipe, Grey Drongo, Baya Sparrow, Woodpecker, Large Pied Wagtail, Dartar, Malabar Trogon, Grey Jungle Fowl, Indian Hill Myna, Jungle Babbler, Robin Bird and Hornbill etc.

Moreover Thattekad Bird Sanctuary serves as home to 28 varieties of animals and nine varieties of reptiles. People who visit the sanctuary can easily spot animals like elephant, leopard, bear, porcupine, python, cobra etc.

Plants of the Sanctuary The plants of the sanctuary consists of tropical evergreen, semi-evergreen, and moist deciduous trees like Rosewood, Teak, Mahogany, Venteak, Vellapine, Karanjili, Palley, Bhadraksham, Kanala, Angili, Kambacom, Kurangatti, Venga, Maruti etc.

Ways to reach there

It is just 71 Kms from the Kochi Airport and the nearest railway station is at Aluva which is 48 Kms.

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