If bird-watching fancies you, then this state is your paradise. With varied topography, right from the hills of Nallamala and the Eastern Ghats to the shores of Bay of Bengal, Andhra Pradesh supports a diverse ecosystem that attracts an interesting mix of migratory birds which fly all the way from Siberia, Philippines, Australia and Egypt. These birds come here to nest at its many sanctuaries. Come here for colourful sights amidst picturesque landscapes.
As the name of Portuguese and Spanish origin suggests, these flame-coloured wading birds stand out by body posture. Flamingoes typically stand on one leg with the other tucked away beneath their body. Highly social birds, they live in colonies of thousands to maximise nesting grounds, maximising food intake and avoiding predators. They can be spotted at Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary.
These large water birds are characterised by long beaks and big throat pouch and can be seen at Pulicat and Kolleru Bird Sanctuaries. Males are larger than females with longer beaks, but both swim well with strong legs and webbed feet. Its diet consists of fish, but occasionally it consumes turtles, amphibians and crustaceans.
Long-legged freshwater and coastal birds feed on a variety of aquatic prey. Herons are mostly monogamous and live in colonies and have one breeding season per year. Head to Pulicat and Kolleru, Nelapattu and Kolleru Bird Sanctuaries to spot these beauties.
Long-legged wading birds are distinguished from other by their downward curved long bills. Most nest in trees, with Spoon-bills and herons and usually feed in a group. Kolleru Bird Sanctuary is a good place to sight these birds.
With long legs and necks, these large-built birds are found at Kolleru and Pulicat Bird Sanctuary. Bill-clattering is an important mode of communication among Storks at the nest.
MORE MIGRATORY BIRDS to spot in AP
Red-chested pod chards