Elusive wild species


  • It’s a sight that any birdwatcher or photographer craves for: six red spurfowl and eight grey junglefowl busily pecking away at the ground just 100 metres from the main road near Kerala’s Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary. Both species are found only in India and red spurfowl are particularly secretive.

Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary:

  • The bird sanctuary is located in Kothamangalam Taluk of Ernakulam district on the northern banks of the Periyar river. Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary is a home to some of the rarest species of birds in India.
  • Thattekkad is Kerala’s first officially recognised bird sanctuary. Established in 1983, the lush green sanctuary has more than 300 recorded species of forest and water birds. While many of them are resident birds, some are migratory. Important birds found here include large falcon, gray jungle fowl, white breasted water hen, hornbill, jungle bush-quail, etc.
  • Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary Thatekkad Bird Sanctuary is located in the dense tropical evergreen and deciduous forests and grassland patches.


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