Mayani Bird Sanctuary



Mayani Bird Sanctuary is located near Vaduj, in Maharashtra, India. Many migratory birds pass through the area, such as Flamingos from Siberia, which come in large numbers. Approximately 400 migratory birds were reported in 2005. Other birds like the Northern Shoveler, Stork and Kingfisher are also found at the sanctuary. Other resident and migratory bird species in the winter season include: Coot, Brahminy Ducks, Black Ibis, Painted storks, Common Spoon bills, etc. The nests of storks are also observed near the lake. Flamingos are regular winter visitors to the place. The flamingo species are observed feeding in shallow water. They mainly feed on insects, small fishes and crabs. The aquatic plant species Otolisa species can be found in shallow waters - flamingos have been observed to feed on this species as a food source. Mayani Bird Sanctuary is studied as a typical wetland ecosystem which is rich in flora and fauna.It is observed that, the hydrophytic species like otolia sps grows very well in shallow water. It is the main source of food for aquatic birds.Other food is available viz. small fishes, crabs, water insects etc. also observed. Some efforts have been made for conservation of natural forest near the lake. This region is mainly under drought condition. Some plots have been allotted to local farmers, such as on the lake's dam during summer when the water dries up. There are also some medicinal plants grown in the region. Cactus are also planted nearby the lake.The winter season (November to January) is the best time to visit the Mayani sanctuary.

Flora and Fauna
Apart from birds, Mayani offers you a delightful forest that contains plentiful flora and fauna species. The wet ecosystem of the sanctuary makes it an enriched location for flora and fauna to flourish. Otolia sps which is a hermaphrodite grows in the deep water over here! Around the lake in the sanctuary you can find several varieties of insects, aquatic plants and other animals. Also, dry plants like Cactus grows over here! The sanctuary also favors the herbal and medicinal plants to flourish over here. 

Mayani is one of the modern sanctuaries that are well connected by all the means of communications and transportations. Modern infrastructure available at the sanctuary really makes the trip entertaining and soothing! The best time to visit the sanctuary is during winters as it's the time when you get golden opportunities to see the rare bird species.

Birds
If you are a bird lover, then Mayani is not less than a heaven for you. There are more than 400 different species of birds in Mayani that is quite larger to any other bird sanctuary in India. Whether be migratory birds like Brahminy Ducks, Coot, Common Spoon bills,Painted storks, Black Ibis, or other birds like like the Stork, Northern Shoveler, and Kingfisher; you get them in plenty. Flamingoes (migrates from Siberia) that are water birds can also be located on the banks of Mayani. Presence of Flamingoes means plenty of insects, fishes and crabs as they are its prime foods.

Mayani Bird Sanctuary hosted more than 400 migratory birds and resistant birds. The main attraction of bird sanctuary is flamingos, migratory birds which come in large numbers from Siberia. Other birds include stork, northern shoveler, kingfisher, coot, Brahminy Ducks, Black Ibis, Painted storks, Common Spoon bills, etc. 

How to Reach :
The Mayani Bird Sanctuary lies in Khatav, Satara district of Maharashtra state, thirteen miles south-east of Vaduj at the junction of the Tasganv-Mograla and Malharpeth-Pandharpur roads. The town is walled and entered by gates on the west and east.


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