Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

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For the other Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, see Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
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Entrance of the sanctuary
Map showing the location of Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Map of Goa, India
Location Chorao, Goa, India
Nearest city Panaji
Coordinates 15°30′53″N 73°51′27″E / 15.5146°N 73.8575°E / 15.5146; 73.8575Coordinates: 15°30′53″N 73°51′27″E / 15.5146°N 73.8575°E / 15.5146; 73.8575
Area 178 ha (440 acres)
Established 1988
Salim Ali Bird sanctuary is one of the best-known bird sanctuaries in India.

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is an estuarine mangrove habitat, which is declared as a bird sanctuary, and located on western tip of the Island of Chorao along the Mandovi River, Goa, in India. The sanctuary is named after Salim Ali, the eminent Indian ornithologist.

The sanctuary and island are accessed by a ferry service running between Ribander and Chorao. The sanctuary has a paved walk that runs between mangroves of Rhizophora mucronata, Avicennia officinalis and other species.

Description[edit]

Paved walkway inside the sanctuary

The size of the sanctuary is 178 ha (440 acres). The area is covered by low mangrove forest.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Several species of birds have been recorded and the common species include the striated heron and western reef heron. Other species that have been recorded include the little bittern, black bittern, red knot, jack snipe and pied avocet (on transient sandbanks).[1] The sanctuary is also host to mudskippers, fiddler crabs and other mangrove habitat specialists. A species of crustacean Teleotanais indianis was described based on specimens obtained in the sanctuary.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Borges, S.D. & A.B.Shanbhag (2007). "Additions to the avifauna of Goa, India". Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 104 (1): 98–101. 
  2. ^ Larsen, Kim; Gobardhan Sahoo & Zakir Ali Ansari (2013). "Description of a new mangrove root dwelling species of Teleotanais (Crustacea: Peracarida: Tanaidacea) from India, with a key to Teleotanaidae" (PDF). Species Diversity 18: 237–243. 

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