Nalabana Bird Sanctuary in Chilka Lake

Nalabana Bird Sanctuary is situated in Chilka Lake. During the migratory season tourists can see thousands of migtratory birds visiting in Nalbana Island. Nalabana Bird Sanctuary is the core area of the Ramsar designated wetlands of Chilika Lake which is spread over the Ganjam, Puri and Khurda districts of Odisha state (Orissa). Nalbana Island was declared as a bird sanctuary in 1973 under the Wildlife Protection Act.

Birds reported in Chilka Lake - Nalbana Bird Sanctuary 

Greater flamingos from Iran and the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat
Lesser flamingos
Goliath heron
Grey herons
Purple herons
Egrets
Spoonbills
Storks
Black-headed ibis
Asiatic dowitchers (NT)
Dalmatian pelican (VU)
Pallas's fish-eagles (VU)
Spoon-billed sandpiper (CR)
Spot-billed pelican (NT)
White-bellied sea eagle
Pariah kite
Brahminy kites
Kestrel
Marsh harriers
Peregrine falcon
Plovers
Collared pratincole
Ruff
Dunlin
Snipes
Sandpipers
Larks
Wagtails
Lapwings

Nalabana Bird Sanctuary in Chilka Lake Odisha India


The Bombay Natural History Society survey identified Nalabana Bird Sanctuary as home to the largest nesting colony of Gull-billed Terns and River Terns in 2002.


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