Magadi Bird Sanctuary, Gadag

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Tourists can visit Magadi Bird Sanctuary that has been established on the Magadi Tank or Magade Kere, which is located 26 km from Gadag. Magadi Tank is sprawled over an area of 134 acre and has 900 hectare of cachement area. From the sides of the tank, a branch of River Kaveri flows, where tourists can view various beautiful birds. This sanctuary is popular for the Bar Headed Goose, a migratory bird that feeds on agriculture instead of amphibians.

For the past 10 years, many Central Asian migratory birds and more than 134 species of birds can be seen at this sanctuary. Some of the birds species spotted at this sanctuary are Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Oriental Ibis, Comb Duck and Greater Flamingo. White Breasted Water Hen, Black winged stilt, Painted stork, Woolly necked stork, Ruddy Shed Duck or Brahmini Duck and Eurasian Spoonbill are also seen at this sanctuary. Presently, this sanctuary is under the supervision of Department of Fisheries, Karnataka state government and Village Panchayat of Magadi.

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