The huge birds seen here are called the Grey Pelican and are larger in comparison with another species. One of them, Great White Pelican, is seen here occasionally.

The Grey Pelican has been the most celebrated occupant of the Kolleru Lake, a renowned Ramsar site in the country. They are also called the Spot-billed Pelican because of the large blue-black spots on the top of the beak. They breed in southern Asia from southern Pakistan across Eastern India right up to Indonesia.

The Great White Pelican, also called the Rosy pelican, has a wider distribution.

It breeds from south Eastern Europe through Asia and in Africa also.

The Grey Pelican has been known to roost in Kolleru from time immemorial, but it made a disappearance act for a while when the wetland went into the clutches of illegal aqua farmers.

The birds returned after steps were taken for the protection of the wet land by declaring it a sanctuary.

Special iron stands

Special iron stands had to be provided for the huge birds to build their nest in the absence of suitable trees for them to actually start roosting here again.

Dozens of juveniles and chicks can be seen on the iron stands that have become nurseries exclusively for the Grey Pelicans. The Painted Storks that also roost here have to adjust on the few palmyra trees available on the fringes.


  • The Grey Pelican has been the most celebrated occupant of the Kolleru Lake

  • The Painted Storks have had to adjust on the few palmyra trees available on the fringes


  • RELATED NEWS

    Winged guests arrive at Atapaka Bird SanctuaryDecember 21, 2013