Urban Adventures: Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
Sultanpur is a pilgrimage that must be made every winter. With a host of migratory birds flying in and within easy spotting range, it makes for an amazing day out.
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With over 250 bird species in and around a wetland, Sultanpur is a great place to see some fabulous birds without having to crane your neck. Quite a few of these are storks, spoonbills, flamingos, pelicans, and cranes. A day’s excursion from Delhi would make for a complete trip for the avid or novice birdwatcher.
Lesser Whistling Duck, Bar-headed Goose, Greylag Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Common Shelduck, Ruddy Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Tufted Duck, Garganey, Northern Shoveler, Falcated Duck, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, Indian Spot-billed Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Common Teal, Comb Duck, Asian Pygmy Goose, Indian Peafowl, Common Quail, Rain Quail, Black Francolin, Grey Francolin, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Rock Dove, Oriental Turtle Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Red Collared Dove, Spotted-necked Dove, Laughing Dove, Yellow-legged Green Pigeon, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Spotted Sandgrouse, Painted Sandgrouse, Indian Nightjar, Alpine Swift, Fork-tailed Swift, Little Swift, Greater Coucal, Sirkeer Malkoha, Jacobin Cuckoo, Common Koel, Grey-bellied Cuckoo, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Common Cuckoo, Spotted Crake, Baillon’s Crake, White-breasted Waterhen, Purple Swamphen, Common Moorhen, Common Coot, Sarus Crane, Demoiselle Crane, Common Crane, Lesser Adjutant, Painted Stork, Asian Openbill, Black Stork, Woolly-necked Stork, European White Stork, Black-necked Stork, Great White Pelican, Spot-billed Pelican, Dalmatian Pelican, Eurasian Bittern, Yellow Bittern, Black-crowned Night Heron, Striated Heron, Indian Pond Heron, Cattle Egret, Grey Heron, White-bellied Heron, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Western Reef Egret, Black-headed Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Indian Black Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Little Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Indian Cormorant, Oriental Darter, Eurasian Thick-knee, Great Thick-knee, Pied Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Pacific Golden Plover, Common Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Caspian Plover, Northern Lapwing, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Grey-headed Lapwing, Red-wattled Lapwing, Sociable Lapwing, White-tailed Lapwing, Greater Painted-snipe, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Eurasian Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint, Dunlin, Little Stint, Common Snipe, Jack Snipe, Terek Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Common Greenshank, Common Redshank, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Common Buttonquail, Yellow-legged Buttonquail, Cream-coloured Courser, Indian Courser, Oriental Pratincole, Little Pratincole, Black-headed Gull, Caspian Gull, Little Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Whiskered Tern, River Tern, Common Tern, Black-bellied Tern, Osprey, Black-winged Kite, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Egyptian Vulture, Crested Serpent Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Red-headed Vulture, White-rumped Vulture, Indian Vulture, Indian Spotted Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Eastern Imperial Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Booted Eagle, Western Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Shikra, Besra, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Black Kite, White-eyed Buzzard, Eurasian Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard, Common Barn Owl, Spotted Owlet, Collared Scops Owl, Short-eared Owl, Dusky Eagle Owl, Indian Grey Hornbill, Common Hoopoe, Northern Wryneck, Black-rumped Woodpecker, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Brown-headed Barbet, Coppersmith Barbet, Green Bee-eater, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Indian Roller, European Roller, Common Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Lesser Kestrel, Common Kestrel, Red-necked Falcon, Laggar Falcon, Saker Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Plum-headed Parakeet, Alexandrine Parakeet, Rose-ringed Parakeet, White-bellied Minivet, Small Minivet, Long-tailed Minivet, Large Cuckooshrike, Black-headed Cuckooshrike, Indian Golden Oriole, Common Woodshrike, Black Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Isabelline Shrike, Bay-backed Shrike, Long-tailed Shrike, Great Grey Shrike, Rufous Treepie, House Crow, Large-billed Crow, Indian Paradise-flycatcher, Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Purple Sunbird, Black-breasted Weaver, Streaked Weaver, Baya Weaver, Finn’s Weaver, Red Avadavat, Indian Silverbill, Scaly-breasted Munia, House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Chestnut-shouldered Bush Sparrow, Tree Pipit, Olive-backed Pipit, Rosy Pipit, Paddyfield Pipit, Blyth’s Pipit, Tawny Pipit, Long-billed Pipit, Citrine Wagtail, White-browed Wagtail, White Wagtail, Common Rosefinch, Striated Bunting, Red-headed Bunting, White-capped Bunting, Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Lark, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark, Bengal Lark, Indian Bush Lark, Bimaculated Lark, Hume’s Short-toed Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, Eurasian Sky Lark, Oriental Sky Lark, Crested Lark, Zitting Cisticola, Rufous-fronted Prinia, Grey-breasted Prinia, Graceful Prinia, Ashy Prinia, Plain Prinia, Common Tailorbird, Lanceolated Warbler, Booted Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Paddyfield Warbler, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Streak-throated Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Wire-tailed Swallow, Barn Swallow, Dusky Crag Martin, Plain Martin, Sand Martin, Pale Martin, Red-whiskered Bulbul, White-eared Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Brooks’s Leaf Warbler, Hume’s Leaf Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Mountain Chiffchaff, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Greenish Leaf Warbler, Western Crowned Leaf Warbler, Eastern Orphean Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Oriental White-eye, Large Grey Babbler, Scrub Babbler, Jungle Babbler, Common Starling, Rosy Starling, Purple-backed Starling, Asian Pied Starling, Common Myna, Bank Myna, Jungle Myna, Indian Robin, Oriental Magpie Robin, Spotted Flycatcher, Rusty-tailed Flycatcher, Asian Verditer Flycatcher, Bluethroat, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Taiga Flycatcher, Black Redstart, Stoliczka’s Bush Chat, Eastern Stonechat, Pied Bush Chat, Grey Bush Chat, Isabelline Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, Brown Rock Chat, Variable Wheatear, Red-tailed Wheatear, Mistle Thrush, Grey-winged Blackbird, Red-throated Thrush