When was the last time you heard the sweet chirp of songbirds? Saw them perched atop trees in your garden? Pollution, depletion of forests and rampant urbanization in today’s modern world has made spotting our winged friends a rare sight. But nestled amidst lush greenery, wide forest cover and a love for nature - Andhra Pradesh is still home to a variety of rare birds. So, grab a pair of binoculars and head out to spot these feathered creatures.
GREAT INDIAN BUSTARD
Once found across 11 states in India, there are reportedly around only 200 left now. Distinguished by its black crown, pale neck, and brown color, the Great Indian Bustard finds a safe haven in Andhra Pradesh. Head to the Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary in Kurnool district to catch a glimpse of this rare bird.
This species is endemic to the Eastern Ghats area of Andhra Pradesh. It was considered to be extinct, until its rediscovery in 1986. This nocturnal bird likes to inhabit areas with scrub forest. Andhra Pradesh has taken great care to ensure this rare bird gets a second flight. It is conserved at the Lankamalleswara Wildlife Sanctuary in Kadapa district.
WHITE CHEEKED BARBET
These tiny bright green birds are generally spotted sitting still and upright on thin branches of trees. Like woodpeckers, they also chisel out tree trunks for building their nest. They can be spotted in the Eastern Ghat section of Andhra Pradesh in Rishi Valley.
A mix of brown and chestnut colors, the Pale-capped pigeon nest in the canopy of trees and feed on fruits. This 36 - 40 cm-long pigeon is generally spotted in small groups in the Araku Valley.
“But nestled amidst lush greenery, wide forest cover and a love for nature - Andhra Pradesh is still home to a variety of rare birds.”
BIRD SANCTUARIES IN ANDHRA
PULICAT LAKE BIRD SANCTUARY
ROLLAPADU BIRD SANCTUARY
CORINGA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY