Parrot Bird Sanctuary Chandigarh

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City bird sanctuary, Chandigarh, India, entrance
City Bird Sanctuary Chandigarh
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Bird Sanctuary
City Bird Sanctuary Chandigarh is located in Chandigarh
City Bird Sanctuary Chandigarh
City Bird Sanctuary Chandigarh
Coordinates: 30°43′30″N 76°46′45″E / 30.72500°N 76.77917°E / 30.72500; 76.77917Coordinates: 30°43′30″N 76°46′45″E / 30.72500°N 76.77917°E / 30.72500; 76.77917
Country  India
State Chandigarh
Established 1998
 • Total 2.9 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
 • Official Punjabi, Hindi English
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Nearest city Panchkula Haryana, S.A.S.Nagar Mohali Punjab
Administration Forest & Wildlife Department,Chandigarh U.T.Administration
Parrot bird sanctuary Chandigarh
City bird Sanctuary, Chandigarh, India

City Bird Sanctuary Chandigarh or Parrot Bird Sanctuary Chandigarh is a bird sanctuary situated in sector 21 of the city of Chandigarh, India.[1] It is primarily habitat of parrots. Hundreds of parrots live here. They fly in flocks in the morning and evening from here. There are two parks adjoining to this sanctuary. Flocks of parrots sit on the trees of these parks also. It is the second wildlife sanctuary of Chandigarh. Sukhna wildlife sanctuary near Sukhna Lake is another wildlife sanctuary of the city. It is notified under Section 18 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

The parrots wake up and sleep as per Photoperiodism. The Municipal Corporation of U.T., Chandigarh installed high post lights affecting the sleep pattern of the parrots. The Tribune (Chandigarh) highlighted the problem caused to the parrots after a local resident and bird lover, Harman Singh Sidhu brought it to their notice. The Wildlife Department, Chandigarh was apprised of the problem and the high post lights were switched off.

Background and history[edit]

There is a patch of an area of 2.9 hectares of the Forest and Wildlife department here with trees and plants. An adequate green cover adjoining to residential area hare attracted a large number of birds especially parrots and it became a natural habitat for them for living and breeding. Keeping in view the presence of a large number of birds, primarily parrots, this area was notified as bird sanctuary in 1998. Out of total area of 2.9 hectares, 1.80 hectares area is open to the citizens for walk under Chapter IV of the Wildlife Act (1972) and rest of 1.10 hectares area is restricted as per Act.[2][3][4]

Development and ecology[edit]

In 2010, there was a proposal to earmark a portion of this area for e-Sampark such as setting up of an office for service delivery of citizen of the area. The city administration ultimately decided to keep the whole of the area of 2.9 hectares as bird sanctuary.[1]

First bird sanctuary amidst city[edit]

This is the first bird sanctuary of the country which is situated within the populated city.

Declining parrot population[edit]

Despite the creation of parrot bird sanctuary the number of parrots is declining. It is reported that a decade ago number of parrots was more than 10,000, but now, it is around 2,000.[5] More needs to be done, trees liked by the parrots need to be planted and preserved to ensure their population increases.



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  1. ^ a b "No cuts, Sector 21 parrot sanctuary gets new life". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "A bird sanctuary in the heart of a busy city - Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". 6 October 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Bird sanctuary notified". Tribune News Service. 7 September 1998. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Eco-sensitive tag for bird sanctuary". Tribune News Service. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Chandigarh Stories". Retrieved 16 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Chandigarh Stories". Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  7. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Chandigarh Stories". Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  8. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Chandigarh Stories". Retrieved 2016-02-03.