Here is some good news for bird lovers. The Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, considered one of the biggest habitat for some hundreds of pelicans and other birds, will host the ‘Flamingo Festival,’ in Doravari Satram mandal, in Nellore district.

Elaborate arrangements are being made for the annual fete, to be held in the second week of March in Sulluripeta division in the district. Located about 20 km north of the Pulicat Lake on the Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border, the sanctuary is spread in about 459 hectares.

Different species of migratory birds, roosting migrants and some rare and endangered species from various parts of the world visit the habitat from October to March every year. The winged species will prepare nests, brood the eggs and return to their native places along with their young ones by April.

Flamingos, Pelicans, Siberian Storks, Open Billed Storks, Night Herons, Egrets, Little Cormorant, Golden Backed Wood Pecker, Spotted and Ring Doves, King Fishers, Painted Storks, White Necked Storks, Spoon Bills and other species of birds will present a colourful gala for tourists at the sanctuary. The villagers treat the migratory birds with affection and provide protection to them.

District Collector K. Ramgopal held a meeting with the officials here on Friday and discussed arrangements for the Festival.