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Bird Sanctuaries in Karnataka

Situated in the Southern part of India, Karnataka is a state steeped in history and culture. Karnataka boasts of a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna with a forest area of 38,720 square kilometers. Karnataka’s wild life consists of animals, plants and birds. Including the many national parks and sanctuaries this state takes special pride in the bird sanctuaries scattered all over the state. Karnataka is ranked the fourth most popular tourist destination in India; it offers numerous spots of interests for tourists from within the country and abroad. Nature lovers would love to visit Karnataka for its scenic hill ranges and unexplored forests.

For a bird lover Karnataka would prove to be just heavenly, for here one is surrounded by birds of various colours, shapes and sizes in the many bird sanctuaries in the state. Since Karnataka is a well loved migratory destination for birds one would find here an assortment of migratory birds along with common Indian birds. Anybody with a special interest in birds might always head to this beautiful state for a delightful break.

Here are some of the prominent bird sanctuaries in Karnataka:

Attiveri Bird Sanctuary
This is located in and around the Attiveri Reservoir. With an area of 2.23 sq. km. it is home to many global migratory birds and about 79 species of birds. In this sanctuary one finds a variety of birds like little Spoonbill, Cormorant, Pied Kingfisher, Cattle Egret, White Ibis, White-breasted Kingfisher, Common Swallow and Common Grey Hornbill. It’s best to visit the Attiveri bird sanctuary between November and March.

Ranganatittu Bird Sanctuary
Is a famous bird sanctuary on the way to Mysore from Bangalore. This is one of the most visited bird sanctuaries in the country and is easily accessible. The different kinds of birds found here are Painted Storks, Herons, River Terns, Ibis and other migratory birds.

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary
Situated in the Shimoga district of Karnataka is not considered the biggest of bird sanctuaries, but it is a habitat for a variety of birds. Egrets, Snake birds and many others can be seen here from June to October.

Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary
This is said to be the second largest painted storks’ sanctuary in Southern India. Hundreds of birds are found in this sanctuary, the migratory birds, however, stay for about six months starting from February to the end of August.

Magadi Bird Sanctuary
This is a sanctuary which was created at The Magadi tank, located in Magadi village of Shirhatti Taluk, Gadag District. It is the temporary home to the Bar-headed Goose which migrates here. It is also one of the biodiversity hotspots in Karnataka.

Other than the birds mentioned some other birds found in Karnataka are the Great Hornbill, the Ceylon Frogmouth, the Malabar Pied Hornbill, Herons, Kites, Ducks, Falcons, Eagles, Partridges, Quails, Sandpipers, Lapwings, Doves, Pigeons, Cuckoos, Parakeets, Nightjars, Owls, Kingfishers, Swifts, Munias and Bee-eaters. The forests of Karnataka are not just a source of mere attraction but most importantly they provide a protected home for hundreds of birds in different seasons.

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