Flamingoes are one of the most beautiful migratory birds in India and world’s most widespread species of the flamingo family. Indian subcontinent is the largest breeding ground for Greater flamingo and lesser flamingo, coming to India in every winter season.
Best places and sanctuaries to see Flamingos in India are Okhla Bird Park,Najafgarh Jheel, Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary,Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary and Bhigwan Bird Sanctuary.
Sewri Mudflats is one of the original seven islands of Bombay, located at the edge of South Mumbai. Thousand of greater and lesser flamingos visit the Sewri Mudflats each year from the months of October to March and migratory birds watching is one of the best things to do in Mumbai.
Thol Lake is an artificial lake surrounded by marshes and declared as the Thol Bird Sanctuary. Thol Lake sanctuary attracts thousand of migratory flamingoes and Sarus crane birds and one of the most popular birding place near Ahmedabad.
Bhigwan is a small town and sometime called as Bharatpur of Maharashtra, situated on the border of Pune and Solapur district, 100 kms away from Pune. Bhigwan town has Yashwant Sagar reservoir, forming from the backwaters of the Ujain dam and famous for flamingo bird watching place and wildlife photography in Maharashtra.
Jawai Dam is the biggest dam in the western Rajasthan and the reservoir is paradise for migratory birds including flamingos during winter season. Jawai village and hills are also famous for huge population of Indian leopards and called as India’s Leopard Hills.
Flamingo city is the island and breeding ground for the migratory flamingo birds, located in the flats of the Rann of Kutch. Little Rann of Kutch or Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary has the largest and most popular breeding grounds for the Lesser Flamingos in India.
Pulicat Bird Sanctuary is the second largest brackish-water in India, located in Nellore of Andhra Pradesh. Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary and Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary are two most popular bird sanctuaries in South India and an important breeding site for spot billed pelicans in India and noted for the many greater flamingos.
Odisha’s Chilka Lake is the Asia’s largest inland salt water lagoon and an important habitat and breeding ground of flamingos in India. Chilka Lake is India’s migratory birds paradise where one can see large flock of flamingos,Sanderling,Black Kite,Sea eagle and Falcon.
Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary has unique ecosystem of both fresh water lakes and salt marshlands, located in Jamnagar district of Gujarat. The Bird Sanctuary host about 300 types of migratory birds like the black-necked stork,black-tailed godwit,Eurasian wigeon and Demoiselle crane.
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is one of the largest water bird destination in India and largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat. The lake mainly inhabited by migratory birds and attracts over 210 species of birds in winter and spring including rosy pelicans, flamingoes and migratory waterfowl.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary now called as Keoladeo National Park is home to over 366 species of birds and also a world heritage site. The Sanctuary has man managed wetland and known for nesting of migratory birds including flamingo,painted storks and water birds.