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Birds Watching in Kerala

The Indian state of Kerala has about 465 bird species within its political boundary.It comprises thick jungle, rich and green plantation, and serene pastoral sights, You can enjoy the wildlife while boating on the famous man-made lake. You can also enjoy bird watching as both land and water birds nest here. Wildlife in Kerala offers you an ample opportuninty to exploe the rich bird diversity in Kerala Forests.

Kerala is a place to watch Grebes , Shearwaters and petrels, Storm petrels, Tropicbirds, Pelicans, Boobies and gannets , Cormorants, Darters, Frigate birds, Bitterns, herons and egrets, Storks , Ibises and spoonbills , Flamingos , Ducks, geese and swans , Osprey , Hawks, kites, eagles, Falcons , Pheasants and partridges , Buttonquails , Rails, crakes, gallinules, and coots , Bustards , Jacanas , Painted snipe , Crab Plover , Oystercatchers , Avocets and stilts , Thick-knees , Pratincoles and coursers , Plovers and lapwings , Sandpipers and allies , Skuas , Gulls , Terns , Pigeons and doves , Parrots and allies,Cuckoos , Barn owls , Typical owls and many others.

List of Bird Watching Destinations in Kerala

Periyar National Park
The Periyar National Park is covered by the fragrant spice gardens, around the area of the park which offers a refreshing experience to the tourist. You can explore it with a good guide who elaborate the medicinal value of every spice. The bird species that you can see here include darters, kingfishers, cormorants, racket-tailed drongos and the great Malabar hornbill.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Among the 268 bird species have been recorded in the sanctuary. 134 species are listed as rare and 18 species are endemic to Western Ghats. Lesser adjutant stork, Grey-headed Fish-eagle peninsular bay owl, Broad-billed roller and Great pied hornbill, Darter, Little Cormorant, Black eagle, Black-capped kingfisher, Great Indian hornbill, and Black woodpecker.

Pampadum National Park
Some notable birds which are found here are the Nilgiri Wood-pigeon, White-bellied Shortwing, Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Blue Rock-thrush, Blue-capped Rock-thrush and Nilgiri flycatcher, Black orange Flycatchers, Cormorants, Egrets, Nilgiri Wood-pigeon, Darters, White-bellied Shortwing and Pied kingfisher are found here.

Thattekad Bird sanctuary
Thattekad Bird sanctuary is stretched around 25sq.km peninsular land area. It is surrounded by several branches of Periyar River. You can enjoy sightseeing+ of various birds from Malabar grey hornbill to heron, myna, jungle owl, egret, wood pecker and also rare birds like rose billed roller and Ceylon frog mouth etc.

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Birds Watching in Kerala


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