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Udhuwa Lake Bird Sanctuary


Situated not very far away from the Ganges, it comprises twin lakes of Pataura (155 ha) and Berhale (410 ha), total area being 565 ha, with surrounding semi permanent wetlands. Both lakes remain connected during monsoon and winter whereas the former surrounded by small hillocks and crop land is linked through Udhuwa Nala to the Ganges the back­water of which sustains the lake. Birds seen at water surface here are Gull, Jacana, Teal, Cormorant, Dabchick, Darter etc. and those on muddy banks are Wader, Lapwing, Plover, Wagtail, Egret, Heron, Ibis, Stork and Pratincole. Birds of open ground and grassland here include Blue Rock Pigeon, Lark, Bee-eater, Sparrow, Myna, Pipit, Bulbul etc. Mynas are represented here by six species, Pied Myna, Indian Myna, Bank Myna, Jungle Myna, Brahminy and Grey-headed Myna. Among birds of prey are Tern, Brahminy Kite, Fishing Eagle, Hawk and Vulture. House and Palm Swift, Swallow, Kingfisher, Drongo, Indian Roller and Parakeet are also common here. Migratory birds visiting the lake during winter include Black-headed & Brown-headed Gull, Grey-headed Lapwing, Little-ringed Plover, Red & Green Shanks, Spotted Green Shanks, Common Sandpiper, Temmink's Stint, Yellow & White Wagtail, Blue-throat, Western Swallow etc.