Bird watching Ex-Palakkad
Photo Courtesy Rajesh Kakkanatt
Palakkad (Kerala) is strategically located on Foothills of Western Ghat areas (such as Neliampathy, Parambikulam), which are excellent bird watching areas. Siruvani Reservoir, an area known for Bird watching near Coimbatore is also accessible from Palakkad.
Located at the southern tip of the Palakkad gap, the Nelliampathi hills (60 kms from Palakkad) are known for their exquisite fauna. About 215 species of birds and 90 species of butterflies have been recorded in these hills. Some of the rare species of birds include Grey-breasted Laughing Thrush, Great Pied Hornbill, Jerdon's Baza, Great Black Woodpecker, Oriental Broad-billed Roller, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Broad-tailed Grassbird and Nilgiri Pipit. Primates including Lion-tailed Macaque, Bonnet Macaque and Nilgiri Langur are seen here.
Parambikulam sanctuary (135 kms from Palakkad) has a rich diversity of animal life including: 39 species of mammals, 16 species of amphibians, 268 species of birds, 61 species of reptiles, 47 species of fish, 124 species of butterflies and more than a thousand species of insects. Of 268 bird species, 50% species are listed as rare and 18 species are endemic to Western Ghats such as Lesser adjutant stork, Grey-headed Fish-eagle, Peninsular bay owl, Broad-billed roller and Great pied hornbill.