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Avian Fauna

The sanctuary is the favourite haunt of about 25,000 birds belonging to around 180 species of birds. These include more than 90 species of migratory birds.

The permanent dwellers include the water fowl, the cuckoo, the heron, the egret, the owl, the water hen, the wood pecker, the sky lark, the crane and the parrot. Cormorants, moor hens, darters and ducks are some of the local birds seen in large numbers. Water birds found in abundance include Northern Pintail Ducks, Little Cormorants, Whiskered Terns, Lesser Whistling Teals, Pond Herons, Purple Herons, Indian Shangs, Purple Moorhens, Cattle Egrets and the Cotton, Common and Gargarey Teals.

Some of the migratory birds come here from far off regions like the Himalayas and Siberia. They include Siberian cranes, various species of herons, darters, bitterns, Brahminy kites, Marsh Harriers, teals, larks and flycatchers. The Steppe Eagle, Booted Eagle, Black-tailed Godwit and the Rufous-backed Shrike are some other birds found in the area.

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