Rann of Kutchh - Accessible from Bhuj, Greater Rann of Kutchh
is land of vast salt marshes and semi-desert areas. The marshes are also a resting site for migratory birds, and are home to over 200 species of bird including the threatened Lesser Florican and Houbara Bustard
arrive here in winter.
Grasslands bordering the Great Rann of Kutch. Lying on one of India's most
important avian highways (both the birds flying from the southward in
winter and the few species migrating eastward from the middle-east and
Africa stopover in this area), this is a top site for birding with
waterfowl congregations at Charri Fulay lake, grassland and scrubland
birds, as also characteristic desert species seen in the vicinity. This is
also one of India's most likely sites for Grey Hypocolius. Tawny and
Bonneli's Eagle breed in the area, and there are good-sized roosts of
or Indian Gazelle and desert rodents are easily seen and wolf, hyena and
desert cat are possible sightings.
Bustard Sanctuary here is One of 10 best sites in India for the Great
Indian Bustard, this sanctuary is good for watching larks, chats,
sandgrouse, etc. The Stoliczka's Bush Chat and White-naped Tit are
globally threatened species that could be seen, and this is also a good
site for viewing Marshall's Iora, Syke's Crested Lark, White-bellied
Minivet and Black Francolin. The coastal creeks to the north of the
sanctuary are good for close-views of flamingoes, herons, egrets.
Nilgai antelope, Indian Wolf, Indian and White-footed Desert Foxes, Jackal
are possible sightings, and Ratel has been seen.
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