by K. L. Kamat
Page Last Updated: January 29, 2014
Ranganatittu is a outstanding bird sanctuary in
Karnataka (index, map). It is located at down stream
Krishnanarajasagar reservoir in Kaveri river basin. It comprises of five islands, strewn
with a large number of boulders. In addition to permanent residents, a large number
of migratory birds visit the sanctuary in different seasons of the year. The court, mate,
build nests, lay eggs, incubate and enlarge their families here.
Spoonbills (Platalea leucordia), from Antarctica migrate here fro breeding. Often Bill
Storks (Anastomus oscitans) from North America arrive in winter. As colored birds, waving
their black tails standing on long legs and foraging their elongated beaks is a rare sight
in the avian world. The adult Painted Storks (Mycteria leucephalia) are orange
colored and their young ones are of dull ash. They are the visitors from Siberia.
White Ibis (Threskiornia aethiopica) is a regular guest from Nigeria.
The other birds that are commonly observed are: Snake bird (Darter, Anhinga
Little Egret (Egretta garzatta), Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibia), Grey Heron (Ardea
garzetta), Pond heron (Ardeola grayii), Night Heron (Nycticorox nycticorax), River Tern
(Sterna aurantia), and Indian Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida).