Malyadi Bird Sanctuary - Kundapur
In Kundapur Taluk of Udupi district, a town called Malyadi witnesses a large congregation of birds resident as well as migratory. Malyadi is 24 kilometres away from Udupi and around 8 kilometres from Kundapur, and merely 1.5 kilometres from Thekatte.
This place, spread over 1.5 sq. kms, is actually an abandoned clay query. This marshiland was formed as a result of excessive rain water accumulation over excavated land.
Over the past few years the number of birds visiting this place has increased greatly, making this premise as upcoming centre for many bird lovers.
One can see rare collections of flora and fauna. Perhaps this -
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-explains the large assembly of variety of birds. Many migratory birds swarm in during the winter time and leave before the first monsoon rains.
For the betterment and preservation of this area, local people have joined their hands with eco teams and other elected bodies.
Malyadi bird sanctuary is a blessing for bird lovers! There have been numerous sightings of the birds - Whistling Teals, Purple Moorhen, White Ibis, Comb duck, Cormorants and Darters.
Also one finds lots of migratory birds as - Pluvialisfulva (Golden plovers), P. mongolus (Lesser Sand Plover), Tringa tetanus (Red shank), T. nebularia (Green Shank), T.stagnatillis (Marsh sandpiper), T. ochropus (Green sandpiper), T. glareola(Wood Sandpiper), Himantropushimantropus (Black winged stilt), Actitishypoleucos (Common sand piper), Gareola lacteal (Little Pratincole), Pluvialissquatarola (Grey Plover), Limosalimosa (Black tailed Godwit) and Arenarisinterpres (Turnstone)
The resident birds too are aplenty.
Egrettagarzetta (Little egrets), Egrettaintermedia (Median egrets,), Ardeolagrayii (Pond Heron), A. striatus (Green Bittern), Egrettagularis (Reef Heron), Bubulcus ibis (Cattle Egret), Milvusmigrans (Pariah Kite), Haliasturindus (Brahmini Kite), Amauorornisphoenicurus (White breasted Water hen), Vanellusindicus (Red Wattled Lapwing), Larusbrunnicephalus (Brown headed Gull), Dicrurusadsimilis (Drongo), Acridotherestrisits (Indian Myna), Alcedoetthis (Small blue kingfisher), Halcyon smyrnensis (White breasted kingfisher), Cerylerudis (Pied kingfisher), Sterna albifrons (Little terns), Meropsorientalis (Small green bee eater), Ciconiaepiscopus (White necked stork), Ardeacinerea (Grey Heron), Dendocygnajavanica (Whislting teal), Sarkidiornismelanotos (Nakta), Circus aeruginosus (Marsh Harrier), Fulicaatra (Coot), Metopidiusindicus (Bronze winged Jacana), Saxicolacaprata (Bush chat), Galeridacristata (Crested Lark)