Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary


An enthusiast bird watcher, Peter Jackson first identified the place as an excellent place for bird watching and went on to convince Mrs. Gandhi, the then prime minister of India, on need for giving protection to this area. With a massive area of 359 acres and keeping its potential in mind, the area was declared a Bird Sanctuary in 1971 and was upgraded to the status of National Park in 1991 by the Haryana government.
The park is an ideal place for winged creatures and best visited in winters to witness the incredible picture for all to experience the numerous visa less friends. Apart from birds, the park also a home of number of organism including crustaceans, fish, unique insects and much more. With a revival of rare species such as the Bugun Liocichla, Indian bird sanctuaries prove to be a good breeding ground. The bird has olive feathers with a distinguished balck cap and red, black and white patches on its wings.

The trees such as Acacia Nilotica, acacia Tortilis, Beirs and Neem have also become popular.There are number of resource available in the park that instill exuberance among bird lovers. Such as library, films, slides and binoculars. There are four watch towers errected at different points. For those who want to stay here for night, there is a nice resort providing all the facilities. The Haryana Wildlife Department has dedicated a room in the memory of renowned ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali. The room preserves his bust, photographs, write ups and other personal things.In Haryana alone a record number of more than 450 species of birds arrive, 250 have been recognised, some of them are residential while other are migratory, comes form distant regions like Siberia, Europe and Afghanistan.

Common Species Of birds In Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

Common Hoopoe, Paddyfield Pipit, Purple Sunbird, Little Cormorant, Eurasian Thick-knee, Gray Francolin, Black Francolin, Indian Roller, Painted Stork, White Ibis, Black Headed Ibis, Little Egret, Great Egret, Red Venter Bulbul, Rose ringed Parakeet, Red wattled Lapwing, Shikra, Eurasian Collared Dove, red Collared Dove, Laughing Dove, Spotted Owlet, Rock Pigeon, Magpie Robin, Greater Coucal, Weaver Bird, Bank Mynah, Green Be Eater, white Throated Kingfisher, Cattle Egret are prominently placed.

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