Eurasian Spoonbills @ Nanak Dhingra
Black-tailed Godwit @ Aditya Singh
Spotted Owlet @ Aditya Singh
Black necked stork @ Nanak Dhingra
Indian Courser @ Dhritiman Mukherjee
Sultanpur Bird SanctuaryHaryana
Conveniently located 40 km from Delhi in the adjoining state of Haryana, Sultanpur is the best place near the capital for an introduction to the birds of India. The small wetland area measures less than a square mile but teems with bird life.
The principal target species here are the Indian Courser, the wintering Brooks’s Leaf Warbler and the Sind Sparrow which breeds here, all of which are endemic to the Indian subcontinent. The small jheel (lake) gets water from the nearby irrigation canal and attracts thousands of migratory and resident species, including the Sarus Crane, Painted and Black necked Storks, Little Grebe, Common Coot, Bar headed and Greylag Goose, Northern Pintail, Spot billed Duck, Common Moorhen, Garganey, Eurasian Teal, Northern Shoveler, Comb Duck, Ferruginous Duck, Gadwall, Grey, Purple & Indian Pond Heron, besides Red-naped and Black headed Ibis.
Surrounding dry lands and wooded areas may reveal the Grey Francolin, Barred Buttonquail, Indian Thicknee, Indian Grey Hornbill, Black-rumped Flameback, Brown-headed and Coppersmith barbets, Greater short toed and Bimaculated Larks, Long billed and Paddy field Pipit, Brown Rock-Chat, Desert and Variable Wheatears, Lesser Whitethroat, Eastern Orphean and Sykes’s warblers, Short eared and Indian Scops Owl, Indian Golden Oriole, Rufous tailed and Crested Larks, Eurasian Hoopoe, Common Hawk-Cuckoo, Bay-backed and Long tailed Shrikes, Plum-headed and Rose-ringed parakeets, Baya and Streaked Weavers, Eurasian Wryneck, Indian Silverbill, Brown Crake, Common, Jungle and Striated Babblers, Red-wattled, and White-tailed lapwings, River Tern, White capped and Red headed Buntings. Some of the raptors here are the Pallid and Marsh Harrier, White-eyed and Oriental Honey Buzzard, Greater Spotted, Imperial and Booted eagles.
We are also likely to encounter a few mammals here like the huge Nilgai antelope or Blue Bull, Rhesus Macaque, Jungle Cat, Common Mongoose and Flying Fox.
- State Haryana
- Area 1.43 sq km
- Altitude 220 m
- Vegetation Wetland, scrub and dry deciduous woodland with Acacia and open dry areas
- Water resources Rain water that drains into the Sultanpur Basin to form the jheel (lake)
- Winter November to February
- Summer April to June
- Monsoon July to mid-September