Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

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"Thattekkad" redirects here. For Thattekkad dam, see Bhoothathankettu.
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary,
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
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A Malabar Grey Hornbill at Thattekkad
Map showing the location of Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
Location Kothamangalam taluka, Ernakulam district, Kerala state, India
Nearest city Kochi (Cochin)
Coordinates 10°34′N 76°43′E / 10.57°N 76.71°E / 10.57; 76.71Coordinates: 10°34′N 76°43′E / 10.57°N 76.71°E / 10.57; 76.71
Area 2,516 hectare
Established 1983

The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, covering an area of barely 25 km², and located about 12 km from Kothamangalam (Kerala state, India), was the first bird sanctuary in Kerala. Salim Ali, one of the best known ornithologist described this sanctuary as the richest bird habitat on peninsular India.[1] Thattekkad literally means flat forest, and the region is an evergreen low-land forest located between the branches of Periyar River, the longest river in Kerala.

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary Trials
Thattekkad Reservoir
A landscape at Thattekkad Bird Sanctury
View of Periyar from Pappitta Bird Trial

The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary has a rich and varied birdlife. Several species of birds, both forest birds as well as the water birds, visit the sanctuaries, and the important ones include the following:

The Indian Pitta, which visits the sanctuary during winter and spends almost six months here.

The sanctuary is a habitat for different varieties of cuckoos and a region of the sanctuary popularly called "Cuckoo Paradise" is home to them, among which are the:

  • Drongo Cuckoo, which may be easily mistaken for Drongo,
  • Indian Hawk Cuckoo, which is highly vocal, and the
  • Large Hawk Cuckoo, which looks relatively massive compared to other types of cuckoos, and is characterized by a dark grey and heavily streaked throat.

The Edamalayar forest is located about 15 km from Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary. This is also an evergreen forest located above the Edamalayar River. The Mountain Hawk Eagles are found in this forest. Other birds in this forest include Dark-fronted Babbler, Brown-cheeked Fulvetta, Brown-backed and White-rumped Needletails, and Emerald Green Pigeons.

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  1. ^ "Bird sanctuaries: Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary". ENVIS Centre: Kerala, State of Environment and Related Issues, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. 

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