Migratory Birds at Kokkare Bellur, Karnataka

This summer holidays, we visited Kokkare Bellur twice in a gap of six weeks. Kokkare Bellur is not a bird sanctuary; it is managed totally by the locals. Every year in the months of November and December the migratory birds fly long distances to this particular village to breed. By June the chicks are fully grown and these birds are gone.

The birds nest on the tamarind trees and the locals treat them like the daughters of the village. The tree is left undisturbed and the owner of the tree even foregoes the harvest of the tree in which the birds have built their nests.

Each tree had around 20 to 30 nests all closely spaced. Click and enlarge, you can see the chicks, white fluffy ones.

Kokkare Bellur
Six weeks ago when we visited there were tiny chicks of the Painted storks. The mother birds were looking at us suspiciously.

Last week we were amazed to see all of them grown up. But they looked ugly; they are yet to get the colored feathers for which they are called as Painted Storks.

Different Birds at Kokkare Bellur

The village is a favorite haunt of other birds like Herons, Ibis, Munias, Bush chats and more. This tree was dotted with Black Ibis birds.

The Spot Billed pelicans are one of the globally endangered species of bird. Kokkare Bellur was earlier known for these spot billed Pelicans. About a decade back, they used to arrive in thousands in the months of November and December. Unfortunately now the numbers have dwindled to just around 100. I could get just one good shot.

Mysore Amateur Naturalists (MAN) an environmental group, based at Kaokkare Bellur is working hard to revive the Pelican population. While we were there we met Mr. Linge Gowda, the President of Hejjarle Balaga, who explained to us the various activities they are doing to protect these species.

They have made a special enclosure to protect the chicks that fall down from the nests from dogs and crows.

… after six weeks… the chicks have grown, we saw them flying short distances. Soon they will join their parents in their flight to new grounds.

How to get to Kokkare Bellur

Kokkare Bellur is 80 kilometers southwest of Bangalore on the Bangalore- Mysore road.


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25 Responses to “Migratory Birds at Kokkare Bellur, Karnataka

  • Hi Indrani! Sorry for the speedy visit! I’ve been busy the whole last week and will be out in the next, so this is far less than your blog deserves… ;(( But I promise I’ll come back with more time after June 10th, at least…
    Anyhow, some of the birds are stunning!
    To avoid leaving you deserted, I published a last post on Marrakesh 2006 at Blogtrotter. 😉 Enjoy!

  • Hi Indrani,
    Thanks for letting me know about this post. I enjoyed it. This sounds like good nest colony.

    Painted Stork juveniles are pretty dull and boring. I get them occationally in my local bird patch. The adults are real goodies.

    It is the monsoon here and raining cats and dogs. I hope are following the IPL.

    Today’s one should be good. I am supporting Dhnoni’s team. Punjab is full of arrogrance, although I kind of liked them initially due to Preity Zinta and our two players, I am now putting my money on Chennai to go all the way…!

    You have a nice blog here and I will be back.

  • Looks you’ve been in the hunting mode and shooting spree..!!!

    Great pictures. Felt in touch with nature reading your blog… Wonderful.

  • Thanks Gil… hope you have a good week ahead.

    Thanks Gallicissa… the adult Painted Storks are gorgeous. Cricket?? Not me. 🙂

    Thanks Kat… I am glad you enjoyed it.

  • This is a GREAT post. I learned so much and I was truly amazed. I would LOVE to see this in person! How magnificent!

  • This is such a beautiful place. you are lucky to be able to visit it!

  • extremely interesting birds.

  • Indrani: What wonderful pictures, I especially like the mother and baby.

  • Haven’t seen a tamarind tree ina while! Thank you, Indrani ….

  • What a lovely post!

    It is both delightful and interesting to view the enlarged pictures.:)

  • You got the special privilege of viewing an endangered species. Not many people have that treat. I love your photos. I never see any of these birds here at all. What a great post.

  • These are amazing photos and I throughly enjoyed your post. I have never felt so close to nature in reading a post as I did in yours… very nice!! Good work.
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  • I really adore the pelicans! I have seen very few since we’ve been at the beach so far this year. I’m so glad that the group is doing everything to protect them. We used to have white ibis in our backyard that lived by a pond. I loved watching them. What a beautiful area for all of the birds to be safe and protected. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures!! 🙂

  • thank you for all that information and for the wonderful photos

    this village is so inspiring

  • I love it whenever you give an introduction on the pictures you’re sharing. I learn a lot about India from you 🙂

  • Thanks Misty…thank you very much for hosting camera critters.

    Thanks Ratmammy.

    Thanks Sandy.

    Thanks Fishing guy…I am glad you liked them.

    Thanks David… yeah ‘tetul gaachch’. 🙂

    Thanks Celine… glad u were delighted.

    Thanks Andree… for the compliments. We are indeed lucky.

    Thanks Michele… I am glad u enjoyed.

    Thanks Swordmama… White Ibis are in plenty here too.

    Thanks Dianne… I am glad you found it informative.

    Thanks Elaine… blogging helps learning about each other’s countries.

  • excellent post. great shots and info. very interesting. so many things to see. well done

  • Hello! great shots on birds great picture very nice blog…

  • indrani, this is a quality post. sometimes i wish i could write a comprehensive, well researched post like this. my style is basically light n airy n blown away with a gust of wind 🙂

  • Fab pictures and write up. Inspiring villagers, that they look after the birds like their own family. There are such oasis in India where some species are protected, this is one of them. Keep posting. You have the gift of writing and photography as well.

  • Nice pics Indrani. Inspired by similar blogs i have been trying to capture few birds recently in y trips home. We get to see a lot of them in my native.

  • As usual lovely pictures, and a thorough overview in words, too. Just keep them coming, Indrani.

  • I have heard of this place…seems fasinating!! Wonderful that you got so many photos to go with the blog!!

  • Good to see that these treasures are being preserved rather than over run by development.

  • Thanks Vlahos.

    Thanks Mimi…welcome to my blog.

    Thanks Bengbeng… I like your style of writing. 🙂

    Thanks Capt. Anup Murthy… Thank you very much for your compliments.

    Thanks Ajeya… I am keen to see your collection.

    Thanks Raji… I am glad you liked them.

    Thanks Lakshmi… do visit the place in June before you leave for US.

    Thanks Pradeep…but for the efforts of the locals this place would have vanished long back.

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