No visit to Andhra Pradesh is complete without a trip to Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the Great Indian Bustard. If you are a birding fanatic, then your hobby must include this rare but exquisite creature.

Located in Kurnool district, Rollapadu was set up in 1988 to protect this endangered species that has been declining by hunting and loss of its habitat which consists of large expanses of grassland and scrub.

This large bird, that resembles an Ostrich in stature with horizontal body and long barer legs is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 of India.

Plan a trip here to experience this rare bird that flocks on the grasslands of this sanctuary among other species like sloth bear, jackals, jungle cats and more. Watch the Bustard strut and show off its brownish plumage and hear the deep resonant call of the male, even 500 meters away. Don’t miss out before it’s too late. Solidarity of tourists to experience this bird can only be a step to protecting it!

“This large bird, that resembles an Ostrich in stature with horizontal body and long barer legs is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 of India.”

How to get there: Between October to February

Park timings: 0700-1800 hours

Nearest Airport: Hyderabad

By Road: Nandikotkoru, 18 kilometres from the sanctuary and connected by bus services from Kurnool

By Rail: Kurnool railway station, 60 kilometers

 

FEATURES OF THE BUSTARD

  • Height: 3.3 feet

  • Black cap on the head that contrasts with pale head and neck

  • Omnivorous in nature, with a preferred diet of insects, beetles, grass seeds, berries, rodents and reptiles

  • Breeding season: March- September

  • Female lays a single egg and is only involved in incubation process

  • Weight: 14-15 kilograms