Dr.Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary Thattekkad
Constituted during 1983 in the name of Dr. Salim Ali, the world famous ornithologist. He had a famous survey of Travancore in the 1930s which led to the formation of this modern day paradise for avian life. During his survey, he noted that Thattekkad is rich in bird diversity and needed to be turned into a sanctuary to conserve them. Over 300 species of birds reside in these tropical and deciduous forests which are testament to his great vision.
Thettekkad is a lowland forest with several types of ecosystems- riverine, grasslands, evergreen, scrub, dry deciduous and low land forest, enabling it to be one of the best birding destinations in India. This is also home to most endemics of the Western Ghats. One should sight the White bellied treepie, Rufous babbler, Crimson backed sunbird, White bellied blue flycatcher. Wayanad laughing thrush, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Grey hornbill, Flame throated bulbul, Malabar woodshrike, Grey fronted green pigeon, Malabar barbet, Blyth’s starling etc. There is also a wide range of owls like, Motted wood owl, Sri Lanka bay owl, Oriental scops owl, Brown fish owl, Indian scope owl, spot bellied eagle owl. Chances to spot Red spurfowl, Grey jungle fowl, Indian Pitta, Sri Lanka frogmouth, Jerdon’s nightjar, Great eared nightjar, Malabar Trogan, White bellied woodpecker, Streak throated woodpecker, Heart spotted woodpecker etc are here too.
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An artist team stayed here for one year and used a variety of organic mediums
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