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About Nalabana Bird Sanctuary

Nalbana was proclaimed in 1987 and was designated a bird sanctuary in 1973 under the Wildlife Protection Act. Nalbana in Odia language means a weed covered island. It is an island with a vast area of 15.53 km sq. During the Monsoon season, the island almost disappears due to the rise in water level. Gradually the island becomes visible as the level of water in the lake decreases in the winters. A large number of birds fly from the different region to feed on its extensive mudflats. Various types of birds are seen in this lake Flamingoes from Rann of Kutch in Gujrat and Iran lodge in the shallow waters of the lake. Rare birds that are seen are Pallas's fish-eagles (VU), Spoon-billed Sandpiper (CR), Dalmatian Pelican (VU), Asiatic dowitchers (NT), and spot-billed pelican (NT). The Kites, Marsh Harriers, White-bellied sea eagle, and the peregrine falcon are the raptors that are spotted here. Most of the short leg birds like Ruff, snipes, plovers, dunlin, sandpipers and the collared pratincole, are also spotted along the shifting shores of the island in the narrow band. Long legged avocets, godwits, and stilts are also found here. The wagtails, Larks, and lapwings are stationed on the mudflats. Ducks, pintails, teals, geese and coots are also seen here. Nalanda island is also considered as the largest nesting colony in south-east Asia as there is large nesting colony of river terns and gull-billed terns.

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  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 4 hours
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